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Complete mandatory cyber security awareness training by Jan. 31

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The deadline is approaching for Washington State University employees to complete cyber security awareness training on Skillsoft Percipio, following the recent revisions to WSU Executive Policy 37 (EP37).

In accordance with the goals of EP37, all employees, including faculty, staff, students, and part time workers, are required to complete designated cyber security trainings within six months of:

  • The effective date of the revision to EP37 that adds the cyber security training requirement (Jan. 31); or
  • The date of hire, if hired after the effective revision date.

Moving forward, all employees will also be required to complete designated cyber security trainings annually. The due date for completing next year’s session will be one year from the most recent completion date.

At this time, students without employee affiliation do not have the option to complete security awareness training.

Policy changes establish high-level requirements for safeguarding the confidentiality, integrity, availability, and privacy of institutional data and the protection of WSU information systems, services, and devices that collect, store, process, share, or transmit institutional data.

Throughout fiscal year 2022, Information Technology Services (ITS) technical teams and security systems detected:

  • 962,966 emails with malicious links
  • 114,367 emails with malicious attachments
  • 45,468 phishing emails with rewritten URLs
  • 459 instances of internal system exposure to malware
  • 217 instances of suspected account compromise

To arm users against the common cyber threats ITS identified, cyber security awareness training teaches how to identify phishing attempts, false URLs, malicious senders, and other potential online dangers.

By enhancing their cyber awareness knowledge and learning how to combat security risks that threaten the safety of individual and institutional information, WSU employees will help reduce the risk of cyberattacks and set a new standard for the university’s cyber security maturity.

For technical assistance, please contact the Crimson Service Desk via email at crimsonservicedesk@wsu.edu or phone at 509-335-4357.

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