University of Wisconsin–Madison

Cybersecurity Awareness Training

Cybersecurity Awareness Training service applies to all faculty and staff (excluding graduate student employees and undergraduate students employees). It rolls out beginning April 26, and must be completed by June 30, 2021. All students will take the training in the fall. 


  • Helps to protect your personal identity and will help safeguard the digital resources of the university
  • Educates you on best Cybersecurity practices
  • Informs you about IT policies that you are required to follow
  • Provides you with valuable information that you can share with family and friends to help keep their data secure
  • Fulfills your annual mandatory Cybersecurity Awareness Training requirement


  • Access to a device that allows you to connect to a browser to receive the training

Getting started

  1. You will receive an email from “”. This is a legitimate message.
  2. The message includes your primary UW–Madison email, a temporary password, and a link to the online training site (
  3. Log in to the training site with your UW–Madison primary email address and the temporary password.
  4. The first time you login, you will need to change your password. Do NOT use your NetID password, or the same password used for any other web site or computer system.

Take the Training:

Log into the training platform and complete the two required parts to the cybersecurity awareness training:

  1. Read and acknowledge the Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources Policy.  Once completed, you will earn the Acceptable Use Policy badge.
  2. Answer 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.

Completion of the required training sections are shown by “badges” on the training site.

Terms of use

Similar to the annual 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).


  • Taking the training via the Drip7 platform: A highly visual and interactive Cybersecurity Awareness Training delivered through a video format. You can complete this training in approximately 25 min. This training is less accessible to people with visual and motor disabilities.
  • Taking the training via Canvas: A text-based Cybersecurity Awareness Training delivered in Canvas by DoIT Office of Cybersecurity. This training is very accessible to all users, including those with disabilities.

Available to

  • Faculty
  • Staff

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