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Cybersecurity Awareness Training

Training Option 1

This option is a highly visual and interactive version of the Cybersecurity Awareness Training. It is less accessible to people with visual and motor disabilities.

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Training Option 2

This option is a text-based Cybersecurity Awareness Training delivered in Canvas. It is very accessible to all users, including those with disabilities. Enroll in this option by clicking one of the six language links below.

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Cybersecurity Awareness Training has been evaluated for accessibility and usability. See the Cybersecurity Awareness Training Accessibility & Usability Information (Source: KB 101063) for details. For accessibility assistance with the Cybersecurity training or to report an accessibility barrier contact the DoIT Help Desk.


Do you have a question about Cybersecurity Awareness Training? No worries. You can find the answers to your questions below. If you have additional questions, please reach out to the DoIT Help Desk.

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Why do we have to do Cybersecurity Awareness Training annually?

Similar to the Sexual Harassment training, Cybersecurity Awareness Training is part of your employment obligation and is required per the UW System Board of Regents (see UW System Administrative Policy 1032 Information Security: Awareness). Learning how to be more cyber secure is also an important part of keeping data, privacy, and IT systems protected and secure.

When do I have to have this completed?

For 2021, faculty and staff need to complete their annual cybersecurity awareness training by October 31. New hires need to complete it within 30 days of their first day of work. Students can complete it whenever their schedule allows.

How long will it take me to complete the training?

If you choose to do it in one sitting, it should take 20 minutes or less. If you choose to answer questions each day, it would take you approximately 20 days (at about 1-2 minutes a day).

How will I know when I've completed my training?

For Option 1, you will know when you have completed the training when you have earned two related badges in your training dashboard. Your badges are earned by:

  1. Reading and acknowledging the UWSA  Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources Policy in the training platform. Once completed, you will earn the Acceptable Use Policy badge. 
  2. Answering the next 20 questions in the training module. This provides you with the 2021 Cybersecurity Awareness Training badge. Earning both badges will complete your requirement.

For Option 2, you will know when you have completed the training when you reach a page that says, “Congratulations! You have finished your Cybersecurity Awareness Training for 2021.” You must go through the content and agree to follow the UWSA  Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources Policy for this message to show.

I completed my cybersecurity training through my department/at another UW System campus. Do I have to complete this training too?

If you’ve taken Cybersecurity training at another campus or in another department for 2021, you do not have to take this training. Please email a copy of your completion certificate to, and you will be removed from the Cybersecurity Awareness Training for UW–Madison.

How do I change my picture in Training Option 1?

  1. Click on the drop down arrow near your name in the upper right corner. 
  2. Select “Profile Settings.” This will open a screen with your current image. 
  3. Below the image, click on “Change Avatar.” 
  4. Select from the available avatars.
  5. Click “Save Avatar.”

How can I add myself to the Leaderboard in Training Option 1?

  1. Click on the drop down arrow near your name in the upper right corner.
  2. Go to “Profile Settings.”
  3. At the bottom of the page, you will see “Leaderboard Visibility.” Slide the button to the right to add yourself to the Leaderboard.
  4. Click on the red “Save Changes” button.

Is the training ADA compliant?

At this time, Training Option 1 is not ADA compliant, but Training Option 2 is. For more information on the accessibility and usability of Training Option 1 and how to get assistance or report an accessibility barrier, see the Security Awareness Accessibility & Usability Information KB.

Can I correct a “wrong answer”?

There is no need to correct a wrong answer. “Wrong Answers” are opportunities to learn. In the future, a similar question may appear, and you’ll then have the opportunity to answer it correctly.

What do I do if I don’t know the answer to a question?

It’s perfectly fine to not know the answer to a question. You can look for the answer online or you can guess. You can learn more about the correct answer in the information that appears after you answer. This will help you know the right answer the next time.

If I found something that is broken or an error in the training, how do I report that?

Contact the DoIT Help Desk at (608) 264-4357 or via email at

Questions or feedback?