Cyber Security Awareness

As part of the University’s continued efforts to address the increasing threats to the security of our information systems and data, all employees, including faculty, staff, and student-employees, have been assigned this security awareness training program.

Each member of the University community has a responsibility to safeguard the information assets entrusted to us. This training program will better prepare all of us to fulfill this responsibility and to strengthen our defenses against future attacks.

The UC Cyber Security Awareness assignment is due within six weeks of hire and retraining is required annually.  The full course runs approximately 55 minutes and is required for all initial assignments.  Subsequent retraining will be satisfied by the refresher course which runs approximately 35 minutes. 

Update for January 2017 Assignment Schedule

In the Fall of 2016 our assignments were suspended in anticipation of updated versions of the course. As we resume the assignments, please note that all employees will have at least six weeks to complete the course, irrespective of whether or not it was completed last year. 

Due Dates:

  • If you have never completed the course
    • You will receive assignment instructions the week of January 23rd
    • You will be due to complete the full course by March 6, 2017
  • If you completed the course before March 6, 2016
    • You will receive assignment instructions the week of January 23rd 
    • You will be due to complete the refresher by March 6, 2017
  • If you completed the course after March 6, 2016
    • You will receive assignment reminders, for the refresher, two months before your due date, which will be the anniversary of your last completion.

For more information on UC Merced’s information security resources visit http://it.ucmerced.edu/security-and-alerts/

If you are required to participate in this assignment you will receive a system-generated notification with detailed instructions. If you don't receive something, check your junk, spam, and clutter folders.  Once overdue, the course will also show in the To-Do List on the home page of the UC Learning Center.

If you have any questions about your training requirement or if you experience technical issues with the UC Learning Center, please contact hrtraining@ucmerced.edu