Computer security awareness training will be offered this summer

Information Technology (IT) is rolling out a new information security awareness training program this summer to all City staff who have been granted network log-in privileges.

The training is designed to help City staff understand potential computer system security threats from cyber intruders and learn what they can do to prevent computer attacks and costly system breaches. This knowledge can protect the vast amount of information contained within the City’s network.

Most staff who have been granted network log-in privileges will be assigned to the on-line version of the training. Some staff who have accounts, but rarely use computers in their daily work (as identified by their departments), will receive training in alternative formats.

Developed by the SANS Institute, a respected information security education and research organization founded in 1989, the on-line program is delivered in a series of modules. Each module includes:

To see samples of program content, visit

It should take less than an hour (total time) to get through all of the required modules. You will be able to work at your own pace. Once assigned, you will have several months to complete all of the modules.

The City is licensed to train half of current users in 2012 and half in 2013. All new users will be assigned training on an on-going basis in 2012 and 2013. IT will pilot the training for its own employees in July with plans to start deploying the training Citywide in early August.

Detailed information about how training will be assigned and what you’ll need to do to complete the training will be posted on CityTalk at a later date.


Published Jun 20, 2012



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