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Privacy and Information Security Training

UMass Medical School has adopted a Privacy and Information Security Training Program.  UMass Medical School is committed to provide interesting and interactive training as a proactive tool to ensure that our network and the data we are entrusted is protected.  The goal of the training is to educate you so you can make informed data security decisions.

Privacy and Information Security training will be assigned annually to all faculty, staff, contingent workers, contractors and students engaged with all UMMS schools, departments, centers and business units. Students will receive training at the beginning of their school year and new employees will receive training during their first two weeks of employment.  Please see the Privacy and Information Security Policy for additional information.

Annual training will be sent to you via email from the Information Security Department or from the Office of Management.  The email will contain a unique link for you to complete training. Please do not forward your link to another employee; it is specifically set up for you.

Why do I have to take training?

Aside from training being necessary to fulfill contractual, grant, audit and regulatory requirements, the primary benefit is that you will learn the steps that you can take to keep your information safe from hackers. Both at work and at home. Training provides the knowledge to detect threats, such as phishing emails and social engineering and provide tips for protecting data in all forms.

What will the training assignment email I receive look like?

View a sample of the training announcement here.

What is the training content?

Training consists of online, interactive modules that cover a range of Privacy and Information Security topics, such as Protected Health Information, Data Destruction and Phishing. Modules are evaluated and selected based upon current threats and where the Medical Schools requires improvements.