IT Security Awareness Training

It is that time of year for IT Security Awareness Training!
Starting next week, you will receive a message with a link to the SANS Securing the Human Security Awareness Training. All Classified Staff and Administrators will have received an email with the link no later than Wednesday, August 21st, 2019. If you have not received the link by this date, please contact Ric Doike-Foreman ( ) letting him know you did not receive the email.

Classified Staff and Administrators are required to complete this training during work time.  Supervisors are required to allow staff the necessary time to complete this training by the due date.  The time required to complete this training is approximately 50 minutes and consists of 12 modules.  All modules must be completed by October 31.

TSS Director’s Note:
I would like to take a moment to emphasize the importance of this training by bringing to your attention the following:
The most common cause of data security compromise at the college is due to human error as a result of users falling victim to phishing scams. To date we only have suffered minor inconveniences from compromised accounts being used to propagate spam or phishing email. The possibility of a much more severe attack, such as ransomware, in which attackers encrypt your institutional data and demand payment for its recovery, is very real. There have been a number of high profile attacks in the news lately and schools’  systems are not immune. The Washington State Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) requires that all employees receive annual security awareness training (Policy 141.10, Section 1.4(3)) in order to reduce the likelihood that you will become the entry point of such an attack. To be safe, always treat email messages with a degree of skepticism and question anything out of the ordinary. When in doubt, contact Technology Support Services (

Gary Kalbfleisch
Technology Support Services


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