Cyber security training requirement begins this month

The City’s new cyber security training requirement begins this month when the first group of employees will be contacted to take the online training which highlights potential computer system security threats and explains how to prevent costly system breaches.

Information Technology (IT) instituted the training requirement to protect the vast amount of information contained within the City’s network. Over the course of the next year, all City staff members who have network log-in privileges must complete the training.

Sometime over the coming few months about half of the City’s computer users will receive an email from Becky Andreasen, IT’s training administrator, telling them how to access the training. These employees will get occasional reminder emails until they have completed their training modules. (Please note: This email may look different from other City emails. The From field will appear as: Becky Andreasen [mailto:[email protected]].

The first group of employees must complete the training by March 15. In the spring of 2013, the second group of employees will be asked to complete the training. Some employees who have network access, but rarely use computers in their daily work, will receive training in alternative formats.

Developed by the SANS Institute, an information security education and research organization, the on-line training is delivered in a series of modules. Each module is about three to four minutes long and ends with a short quiz. Depending on your level of network access, the training will take a total of one to two hours to complete. Employees can work at their own pace, and do not have to finish all the modules at one sitting. To see samples of program content, visit

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month and the City’s IT staff remind all employees that cyber security is a shared responsibility among management, data privacy officials, IT and individual computer users.

Cyber security — protecting information and critical computing infrastructure — is a concern worldwide for individuals, businesses and governments. Minneapolis IT staff have building a library of information about security risks; to view these materials, visit the iRiskAware Reading Room.


Published Oct 10, 2012



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