How Risky is Your Online Behavior?

phishing email

Phishing emails are one of many cyber threats covered in the Cyber Security Course

It’s not if a cyber attack occurs at Fordham University. It’s when.

But that’s not only true for Fordham. It’s the reality throughout higher education, as well as in the business world.

You’ve already taken a few steps to reduce your and the University’s risk of a cyber attack. For example, your Fordham AccessIT ID password is at least 8 characters long. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is now part of your routine. This collective effort reduces some of our risk.

Do you need to do more? Yes, as long as cyber threats remain.

What can you do? It’s actually pretty easy. Learn when you’re engaging with technology in a risky way and then change your habits. We have just the tool for helping you do that: The online, self-paced Cyber Security Awareness Training. To access, go to Blackboard ( and look for it under “My Organizations.”

About the UISO Security Training

As part of Fordham University’s efforts to address the increasing threats to the security of our digital resources and data, the University Information Security Office has made cyber security awareness training available on-line to the University community. The training is comprised of 17 modules, ranging from one to four minutes each. You can stop and continue the training as your schedule permits.

Each member of the University community has a responsibility to safeguard the information assets entrusted to us. This computer-based training program will better prepare you to fulfill this responsibility and to strengthen your defenses and the University’s against future attacks. Adopting behaviors that protect information benefits the University, and can benefit you and your family.

The training material will:

  • Provide information that will help mitigate the risk and subsequent impact of data exposure.
  • Teach you to protect your personal information, which reduces opportunities for identity theft.
  • Highlight the risks associated with social networking, email, and general Internet usage.
  • Explain the importance of password hygiene (e.g., strong and unique passwords).
  • Educate you on the importance of mobile and physical security best practices.

Why participate?

  • In the first 3 months of 2017, prior to the implementation of multi-factor authentication, over 80 Fordham employee AccessIT ID usernames and passwords were compromised as a result of phishing emails. Fortunately, that number has declined since MFA became required.
  • Untrained staff can unknowingly create security vulnerabilities. A recent study of 887 companies spread across 30 countries discovered that employee error caused 30% of data breaches.
  • Studies have shown that 48% of data breaches were caused by accidental data exposure.
  • Studies have also shown that weak, default, or stolen passwords account for 63% of confirmed data breaches in 2015.
  • The average cost of a data security breach is more than $158 per record. A breach involving only 50,000 records would amount to an approximate loss of $8 million dollars to the University.

Content designed for easy understanding and busy schedules

  • The training’s 17 modules are self-paced and can be completed in several sittings. You do NOT need to finish in one session.‎
  • You may pause and save your work and continue at another time. At the end of each subject area, you will be asked to take a short quiz to test your understanding of the material.‎
  • The total time for all modules is approximately two hours, however you do not need to view all of them in one session.

Access the training > Blackboard > My Organizations > UISO_Employees:UISO Security Training for Employees > IT Security Awareness Course > Continue to the home screen.

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