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Security Awareness


In accordance with system-wide Information Security policy, faculty, staff and student employees are required to complete Information Security Awareness training on a periodic basis. Most faculty, staff, and student employees are required to complete the online training once every three years with periodic refresher updates in between. Those with privileged access to information assets or access to confidential data will require more frequent and specialized training.

The goal of IS awareness training is to better educate CSUN employees on good information security practices both at home and at work. The training is meant to be convenient and is Internet-based so you can complete it from any computer (training cannot be completed from mobile devices at this time). You can also start and stop the training as your schedule permits because it is not time–dependant.

Note: CSUN, along with other CSU campuses have transitioned to a new training program for faculty, staff and student employees. To access the training program, follow these steps:

  • Visit the IS Awareness Training login page
  • Log in using your CSUN user ID and password
  • Select View My Plan to display the courses
  • Select Data Security & Privacy
  • Launch the training course

If you have any questions or require assistance with accessing training, please contact Information Security at (818) 677–6100.

In-Depth Security Topics for CSUN

Beware of Scams

Despite taking preventive measures, phishing email attacks continue to be sent from compromised faculty and staff accounts. The best method to prevent these attacks is to never enter your CSUN user ID and password in response to an email request. For more information on how to protect yourself, visit the Avoid Fraudulent Email Messages page. 

Incident Reporting

The purpose of the Identity Theft Red Flag and Security Incident Reporting Procedure is to provide information to assist individuals in 1) detecting, preventing, and mitigating identity theft in connection with the opening of a “covered account” or any existing “covered account” or who believe that a security incident has occurred and 2) reporting a security incident. For more information or to report an incident, please visit the Identity Theft Red Flag & Security Incident Reporting page. 

Information Protection

The need to protect confidential information such as social security numbers and credit card numbers is well understood. Sensitive student and employee data that are accessed daily at CSUN as part of faculty and staff responsibilities however, also need to be protected. This includes information such as grades, GPAs, test scores, advising records, addresses and other personal contact information. View a complete list of confidential and sensitive data that needs to protected. For more information, visit the Information Protection page. 

Storage Policies for Level 1 Data

To view storage policies for Level 1 data, visit the CSU & CSUN Policies for Storage of Level 1 Data page. 

Mobile Device Security

Smartphones and tablets are miniature computers capable of accessing personal and university data via the web, email, Box, the myNorthridge portal, and other resources. Take the following steps to protect your smartphone or tablet and promptly report lost or stolen devices to Campus Police Services.

Other Essential Security Measures

  • Back up important files
  • Don't download unknown or unsolicited programs or files
  • Lock your computer screen

Additional Resources

Google Safety Center
Dell's SonicWALL Phishing IQ Test
OnGuard Online Games (Email Scams, Identity Theft, Online Shopping, etc.)
Wombat Security Technologies – "Phil: An Anti-Phishing Training Game"