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One Step Ahead
March 30, 2010, Volume 56, No. 27

One Step Ahead

Another tip in a series provided by the Offices of Information Systems & Computing and Audit, Compliance & Privacy.

Penn’s Privacy and Security Awareness E-Learning Module:
Helping You Protect Yourself & Penn

Staying abreast of privacy and security risks, and ways to counteract them, is difficult in today’s environment because of the multitude of warnings and rules that exist about handling information. To assist you, Penn offers a web-based awareness program that focuses on many important privacy and security policies and best practices you should know about. The self-service module takes only 20–25 minutes and can be completed in one or several sittings, whatever’s convenient for you. 

In response to user feedback, a number of enhancements have recently been implemented, including the following:

• Two versions are now available, one with narration and one without; at the opening screen, you can choose the version that best suits your learning style.

• You can move at will among the slides, “skipping ahead” if material is already familiar and returning to less familiar material for further review.

All faculty and staff at Penn should take advantage of this important offering—for their own personal benefit, as well as for the benefit of Penn’s valued community.  The knowledge gained will help each of us meet the expectations of the students, faculty, staff, alumni, patients, visitors and many others who trust in us to protect the privacy and security of their information.  

To get started, simply go to the University’s Knowledge Link site, at www.upenn.edu/computing/admin-elearning/knowledgelink/index.html and log in using your PennKey and password. Because the Knowledge Link site is being redesigned, the next steps will change in early April 2010. Until then, click on “Optional”; then select “Information Privacy and Security at Penn” from the list of available courses. After the redesign, enter “Information Privacy and Security at Penn” into the search box and click Search. Select the course and click the enrollment button.

Thank you for your help in protecting important personal and Penn data—this effort relies on each and every one of us.


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For additional tips, see the One Step Ahead link on the Information Security website: www.upenn.edu/computing/security/

Almanac - March 30, 2010, Volume 56, No. 27