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U students, faculty and staff now have access to an online training on strengthening cybersecurity.

U students now have access to a new Canvas course discussing online safety and information security. The training also has been published online by the Information Security Office and is available to the entire U community.

“Criminals and those with malicious intentions don’t give up, so it’s important to be prepared for potential cyberthreats,” Chief Information Officer Steve Hess said.

As per University Policy 4-004, students, faculty, staff and affiliates are responsible for restricting and preventing unauthorized access to their university accounts and other IT resources.

Good information security habits help safeguard your personal information, protect your devices and prevent theft.

The new training will discuss ways to strengthen your cybersecurity through the following:

  • Creating stronger passwords
  • Avoiding scams, like phishing attempts
  • Posting to social media with more caution
  • Installing antivirus software and system updates

“Being well informed and trained to spot phishing and other cybersecurity threats is the most significant contribution that users can make to their personal security and the security of the University of Utah,” Interim Chief Information Security Officer Corey Roach said.

If you experience a cybersecurity incident, please report it to the Information Security Office at or

If you cannot tell whether an email is legitimate, please forward it to or call your respective help desk:

  • Campus Help Desk: 801-581-4000, option 1
  • University of Utah Health Service Desk: 801-587-6000

You can report lost or missing personal/university equipment to university police at 801-585-COPS (2677) or online via the CSA Report Form. If the items were stolen off campus, contact local authorities.

This new online “Security Training” was developed in response to the 30 recommendations that came from the independent review team’s findings after the death of U student Lauren McCluskey in October 2018. The recommendation stated the university should enhance its efforts to provide students and employees with information and assistance in protecting the integrity, confidentiality and privacy of electronic communications.