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Security Awareness Training

SUNY and New York State mandate that all employees undergo annual Security Awareness training.  Purchase College is using the SANS “Securing the Human” online training program.

The security and privacy of our online information is under greater threat than ever before. It is our individual and collective responsibility to safeguard our faculty, staff, and students’ personal, private and sensitive information that is contained in Purchase College computer systems.    

In December you received an email message generated by the SANS system inviting you to begin this year’s training. As several folks with sharp eyes pointed out, the message does not come from my normal Purchase College email address, but the message is legitimate, it  originates from the SANS system and the “noreply” portion cannot be changed. The “begin” message came from the source address ”William Junor” The subject line was “Welcome to Purchase College Security Awareness Training - Please Begin.” You may also use this link to begin the training:

The SANS training consists of videos designed to improve awareness of information security threats, and increase the likelihood that we will recognize those threats when we encounter them - online, on the phone, in person, or in the comfort of our homes. These short 2 to 5 minute videos cover topics from why you are a target to how to spot phishing to how properly secure your home computer and home network. Each video is followed by three multiple choice questions you answer to “Complete” that topic. Upon completion of all the topics, the system will issue a Completion Certificate.

The training materials are refreshed each year, with new topics added as appropriate. The total time required for the 17 “mandatory” videos is only 51 minutes – less than an hour. There are an additional 14 “optional but recommended” videos totaling another 50 minutes, covering topics such as protecting your home network.

All employees are enrolled in this system.  Please follow the link and access these training materials using your regular Purchase College credentials.

The link to the training system also appears in the “Quick Links” section of the Faculty/Staff Portal page. Please make sure to visit regularly and make your way through all of the materials.

The system tracks your progress through the materials. Our goal is 100% completion by all faculty and staff.  Unfortunately we fell well short of that mark last year. At the end of April we will begin reporting to each of the Sector Officers on the progress for the folks in their areas. 

If you have trouble accessing the system, please let the Help Desk know so we can straighten it out. (Employees who joined the College recently will need to be added.)


Protect yourself – complete the training - and think twice before you click.