Cybersecurity Awareness


Discover security training courses and tools

Cyber Security Awareness Training →

Annual, mandatory security awareness computer-based-training on a variety of information security topics through the Central Human Resources Learning Management System.

IT Email Communications Best Practices

Email communication theory is largely different from email communication reality. If messages include phishy email characteristics they can be skipped over and miss their intended audience. Plus, they cause concern for the reader who, instead of focusing on the message, focuses on the sanctity of the email.

Mass Email Communication Guideline

Mass email communications have a higher bar to clear in order not to get blocked by spam filters. Messages can miss the intended audience if they include phishy email characteristics. By following these rules you help ensure campus email recipients remain sensitized to characteristics that are typical of phishing messages and reduce the chance that your message gets blocked.  

Communicators should follow these basic guidelines to help messages from being blocked:  



Phishing is a type of attack carried out to steal usernames, passwords, credit card information, Social Security Numbers, and other sensitive data. Phishing is most often seen in the form of malicious emails pretending to be from credible sources such as UC Berkeley technology departments or organizations related to the university.

Attackers can use this information to:

Cybersecurity Best Practices & How-Tos

Here you will find tips, tricks, and articles on the basics of cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity Tips & Best Practices

Resources for cybersecurity awareness and best practices on a variety of topics.

Basics for Securing Your Data:

Protecting Your Credentials

Protecting your account username and passphrase is fundamental to proper security practices.  This is especially true of your CalNet credentials, which provide access to a wide array of online services for students, faculty, and staff. 

The theft of account information is one of the biggest threats facing the campus - here's what you need to know to protect yourself:


Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system or data until a ransom is paid. 

Learn how to protect yourself and how to report suspicious communications containing ransomware.

Security Basics: 101

The basics of campus information security boil down to the following three concerns:  Protecting Yourself, Protecting Devices, and Protecting Data

Protecting Yourself

Protect your personal information by following guidelines for managing passwords, learning how to avoid phishing scams, and by remembering secure computing practices at all times.

Top 10 Secure Computing Tips

Top Ten Secure Computing Tips"Top 10" List of Secure Computing Tips

Tip #1 - You are a target to hackers

Don't ever say "It won't happen to me".  We are all at risk and the stakes are high - to your personal and financial well-being, and to the University's standing and reputation.