First notices on UC’s required cyber-awareness refresher training will go out soon

Remember the required UC cyber-awareness training you finished several months back? If you completed it about a year ago, then it’s nearly time to take the short, online refresher. Look for an email with details by January.

Since late 2015, the University of California Office of the President has required all new UC faculty, staff and student employees to complete the training, then take an update course each year. Taking about 30 minutes, the refresher is 15 to 30 minutes shorter than the introductory session, and includes updated information.

“Many cyberattacks result when people unintentionally do things that put themselves or their information at risk,” said UC Davis Chief Information Security Officer Cheryl Washington. “As technology evolves, so do the risks. This training will help you keep up with what you need to know.”   

UC Davis has achieved one of the best compliance rates in the UC system, with 94 percent of faculty, staff and student employees completing the initial training. Feedback contributed to the decision to trim the length of the refresher course.

About 25,000 UC Davis faculty, staff and student employees will receive notices by January, reflecting the large wave of people who completed the initial training in late 2015. Once you receive the notice from Staff Development and Professional Services (, you’ll have six weeks to complete the session.

After this year, reminders to complete the update course will coincide with individual employment anniversary dates at UC Davis.