Information Security is dedicated to helping all faculty and staff understand their duty to protect information and systems and to raising awareness of IT risks, vulnerabilities and protection requirements. The department provides in-person and online training throughout the academic year.
All new St. Petersburg College employees (including student employees) must complete periodic Information Security Awareness Training. New Administrative & Professional, Career Service, OPS, and student employees are enrolled in a training campaign the week after New Employee Orientation and have 30 days to complete the training. New Faculty and Adjuncts are enrolled in a training campaign the week after New Employee Orientation and have 60 days to complete the training. All employees are required to take annual, collegewide information security awareness refresher training. The Information Security department conducts ongoing simulated phishing attacks and recommends remedial training as needed. Additional department training and simulated phishing attacks can be provided upon request.
To request additional training, please submit your request using the Training Request form.
Information Security Topics:
The United States Computer Response and Readiness Team (US-CERT) coordinates defense against and responses to cyber-attacks nationally. The following articles from US-CERT cover many important security issues.
Why is Cyber Security a Problem?
Debunking Some Common Myths
Choosing Password & Password Protection
Understanding Anti-Virus Software
Good Security Habits
Real-World Warnings Keep You Safe Online
Keeping Children Safe Online
Attacks and Threats
Understanding Hidden Threats: Rootkits and Botnets
Preventing and Responding to Identity Theft
Recovering from Viruses, Worms, and Trojan Horses
Recognizing and Avoiding Spyware
Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks
Understanding Denial-of-Service Attacks
Identifying Hoaxes and Urban Legends
Web, Email and Communication
Understanding Your Computer: Email Clients
Using Caution with Email Attachments
Benefits and Risk of Free Email Services
Benefits of Blind Carbon Copy (BCC)
Understanding Digital Signatures
Using Instant Messaging and Chat Rooms Safety
Staying Safe on Social Network Sites
Guidelines for Publishing Information Online
Report Incidents, Phishing, Malware, or Vulnerabilities
US-CERT Federal Incident Notification Guidelines
Report Phishing Sites
Submit Malware for Analysis