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Information Security Awareness Training

No matter what your role at Penn State, learning best practices for keeping yourself safe online, spotting malicious email messages, and keeping your devices secure can benefit you. Our information security training will teach you all of these things in a short, engaging format. All newly-hired faculty, staff, and researchers are required to take the information security training within 30 days of receiving their access accounts. Check out our training page to learn more.

FREE Anti-Virus Software

Installing an anti-virus software program provides an additional line of defense against cyberattacks. Windows 10 users should use its built-in native anti-virus technology (Windows Defender) for anti-virus protection. Keep your Windows Defender anti-virus definitions up to date through automated updates.

Penn State faculty, staff, and students who use Mac OS may download a FREE copy of Symantec Endpoint Protection at the link below. Configuring automatic updates ensures you’ll always have the most current version of the software.

Symantec Endpoint Protection for Mac OS

Symantec Endpoint Protection for Windows 


Compromised Account Information

Don’t panic. Here’s what to do if your access account has been compromised:

  • CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD. If any other accounts you have use the same password as your Penn State access account, change them. Don’t use the same password for multiple accounts and NEVER re-use an old password.
  • VERIFY YOUR FORWARDING EMAIL ADDRESS IS CORRECTIf you’re on Office365, you can edit your forwarding settings within that program by navigating to “Settings” > “Your App Settings” > “Mail” > “Accounts” > “Forwarding.” If you’re not yet on Office 365, you can change your forwarding settings at the Penn State Accounts page.

Downloadable Tips

Getting CyberSMART means being aware of how and where you provide your personal information, how you protect your devices, and how you secure your environment to reduce the threat of cyber attack. We’ve got 10 quick tips to help you be CyberSECURE at home, at work, and on campus.