October is fast approaching and with it comes National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). For the second year, the Institute has been named a NCSAM Champion organization by the National Cyber Security Alliance StaySafeOnline program, representing those who are dedicated to promoting a safer, more secure Internet. As part of NCSAM, I will be sending weekly cyber security awareness tips and information.

In addition to October bringing us NCSAM, it also kicks off our annual security awareness training campaign. UTIA IT0123 – Security Awareness, Training, and Education Plan says that, as a part of our security awareness, training, and education program, each employee of the Institute will complete security awareness training each year between October 1 and November 30. Users who do not complete the training during the required timeframe will lose access to systems classified as moderate, high, or business critical.

We will continue using SANS Securing the Human for our training content, and all modules are new this year. However, the training will be done through K@TE, the new Learning Management System. Please note that you receive your training assignment on October 1, via an email from ces.mail@csod.com. In this email, you will receive a link to access the training by logging into K@TE. The URL will include tennessee.csod.com as a part of the address. If you have any questions about this email, please let me know.

The UT Board of Trustees Audit Committee holds each campus and institute accountable for having a formal IT security program. As a part of that program, they particularly hold us accountable for a high completion rate for security awareness training. The Institute’s final completion rate for 2017, was 98%. I thank you all so much for doing everything you could to reach that level of completion and I am counting on everyone again this year!

Thank you!