Information security and data privacy training course
On this page you will find step-by-step guidance on how to complete the University’s mandatory information security and data privacy training course
The aim of the information security and data privacy training course is to ensure staff and students understand their responsibilities in relation to information security and privacy compliance legislation.
New training being launched end of 2023
During Michaelmas term 2023 we are replacing the training course in CoSy with new Oxford Secure training from MetaCompliance. There will be two courses available, one for staff and one for students.
Please contact the Oxford Secure project for more information.
Please note: If you handle university data as part of your studies or have been asked to provide a certificate to your department as proof of completion of the information security training, you should complete the full information security and data protection course.
Students are invited to take this short course aimed at keeping you safe online at Oxford. It takes around 10 minutes to complete and consists of short videos about phishing and social media, the dangers of social networking and student scams.
There is also an interactive activity within the course which we are aware some people with accessibility issues may not be able to do, so we have also offered an accessible version of the course which replaces the interactive activity with a video which conveys the same information.
As a student at Oxford, it’s important you have the knowledge, life skills and resources to navigate the digital landscape securely and that you know how to play your part in protecting University systems. Understanding cyber security is not just a precaution, it's a necessity. You are not required to complete the student training course, but we would strongly encourage you to do so.
You will need to login using your SSO (Oxford Single Sign-On), with multi-factor authentication (MFA).
Please also visit the page for students for more information, resources, and practical steps towards a safer digital future.
This is the first time we have offered this training to students, so if you have any comments or feedback, please contact the Oxford Secure project team
All staff must complete information security and data privacy training every 12 months to ensure the University is compliant with UK data protection legislation. It takes approximately 30-40 minutes to complete. There is a test at the end which you are required to pass with a minimum score of 75%. There is no fee for the course.
The content is broken down into nine sections:
- Why do we need to protect information?
- Protecting against threats
- Data privacy and the law
- Accessing and sharing information
- Working securely
- Phishing and malware
- Bring your own device (BYOD)
- Cloud computing
- Reporting issues