Free Cyber Security Awareness training

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The Digital Capabilities service, in collaboration with the Institute of Cyber Security for Society (iCSS), HR/ T&OD, and IT Infrastructure, is pleased to offer staff and students across the University the opportunity to undertake a free pilot of Cyber Security Awareness Training.

The University of Kent is committed to providing cyber security awareness training to staff and students in response to the urgent need to raise awareness of cyber threats in the UK Higher Education sector. As a Cyber Essential certified institution, the university strives to empower its staff with the necessary knowledge and skills to identify and mitigate potential cyber risks, ensuring a secure digital environment for all members of our community. Universities are targeted by various individuals and groups due to the valuable assets they possess. Cyber criminals seek to steal data and information for strategic advantage, commit fraud, or monetize stolen material. The Higher Education sector is, by nature, open and outward-facing. This openness facilitates collaboration among academics across borders, but it also makes universities vulnerable to attack. Attackers often exploit compromised email accounts, devices and servers to gain privileged access to university systems. Among many different attacks, social engineering such as phishing attacks are commonly used to trick users into providing sensitive information such as login credentials. Defending against cyber attacks requires a focus on cyber security awareness among staff and students. The University of Kent must maintain a high level of security to protect the research, intellectual property, and reputation of its community.

Benefits of the training

In addition to the skill development as a result of the training, we will would also like to offer additional support to motivate as staff and students to take part in this pilot. ISC2 is providing FREE Certified in Cybersecurity (CC) Online Self-Paced Training and exams to one million people. We hope the free training we are offering to University of Kent staff and students will encourage many to feel confident to participate in the free certification. The iCSS will be able to provide free personal consultancy and evaluation for participants who are interested in benefiting from this opportunity after completing this training pilot. The iCSS will also gift all participants a free camera cover on completion of the course.

What will I learn?

  • Importance and impact of cyber security and its impact
  • Methods to recognise cyber threats such as phishing
  • The best practices for protecting private information online
  • Methods to respond and report cyber security incidents

Who can apply?

The training is open to all current staff and students at the University of Kent.

How can I take part?

The deadline for applications has been extended to September 2023. Please contact Akaliza Ntwari if you have any questions or want to discuss the pilot training program. To register your interest in the training, please fill out the application form.

The University of Kent’s Digital Capabilities service offers staff and students the opportunity to discover, access, and utilise the full breadth and depth of digital tools available to support their learning, teaching and research.

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