Training & Education

We all have a role to play in protecting U-M's data and the systems that store and handle it. To support that role, we need to educate ourselves and others as outlined in Information Assurance Awareness, Training, and Education (DS-16).

  • Faculty, staff, and students. Take advantage of the resources here on the Safe Computing website and elsewhere to help you learn to protect yourself and the university from cyber threats.
  • U-M units. Require training as appropriate for users of your unit systems and services that store or process sensitive university data.

Data Protection Training

The online training courses below are available to any interested faculty member, staff member, or student at no charge. Some individuals may be required to take them based on the work they do at the university. To have any of these courses required of and assigned to employees in your unit, contact

Courses for ITS Staff

U-M Cybersecurity Basic Training

  • Look Before You Click. Beware of Phishing! (in My LINC) Learn about the practice of phishing, including spear phishing. Recognize clues that reveal phishing emails, inspect links in suspicious emails, identify what to do if you are not sure about an email, and take corrective steps if you take the bait.
  • Don't Fall for Phish! Test your phish detection skills in this U-M online training. You will review email messages and decide which are phishing scams and which are legitimate messages. You'll also get to review the clues that indicate phishiness.
  • Anti-Phishing Education: Simulated Phishing. IA provides consultation, reviews, and approvals for units interested in doing simulated phishing for educational purposes.
  • Using Your Devices Securely with U-M Data. Learn how to set up your device and manage U-M data at home and abroad.
  • Copyright Compliance Quiz. Test your knowledge of what you can and cannot share from your computer and mobile devices.
  • Cybersecurity Challenge. Test your IT security knowledge and learn more about phishing lures, online scams, identity theft, laptop snatches, and more.

Safe Computing Curricula

  • Safe Computing Curriculum. Share this in your unit for people to work through on their own. Offers IT security and privacy/confidentiality best practices to help you safeguard the university’s digital assets. You can track your progress as you work through each module.
  • Phishing Curriculum. This curriculum is intended for use by units that want to provide anti-phishing education and awareness. It consists of a series of sequential emails that can be sent over a period of days, weeks, or months to help people learn to protect themselves—and U-M—from phishing.