Training

Training materials, from Information Security Essentials to secure coding and more.

All University staff, visitors and Postgraduate Research students should complete the Information Security Essentials and Data Protection Essentials courses. Everyone must retake the course every 2 years.

Information Security Essentials

The course or appropriate alternative training is mandatory, as stated in the Information Security Policy. This gives the basics about the most common kinds of attacks, and shows how to protect ourselves from them.

Access for staff

To self-enrol on Information Security Essentials please follow the link below which will launch the course directly.

Launch the Information Security Essentials course in People and Money

There are two activities in this course, 

  1. a self-paced eLearning activity with 
    1. an optional pre-test to allow staff to demonstrate knowledge without having complete the material or quiz.
    2. the learning content with interactive elements - please note you must view all videos and content within each section before the this activity is marked as complete
    3. a final quiz assessment
  2. a PDF containing links to further information sources.

You must complete both activities for the course to be marked as complete.

Access for Postgraduate Research students and Visitors

For those without access to People and Money, you can watch the staff training material through Media Hopper. This course is self-certified and completion should be reported to your line manager or in line with local procedures.

Launch the Information Security Essentials course in Media Hopper

Undergraduate Students and Postgraduate Taught students

Launching soon will be the student Information Security Essentials course, a lightweight course that gives students information and advice to help them avoid information security threats, and accompanying material will also inform them about where further support and information is available at the University. This will be made available to all students as part of their “Essentials” courses in Learn Ultra.

Data Protection Essentials

Under the University's Data Protection Policy, all staff have responsibility for data protection compliance in their day-to-day work. This course is provided by the University's Data Protection Officer. Please follow this link to the Data Protection Officer's Training and Events page.

Every attempt has been made to ensure this course is as accessible as possible in line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.2. However, if for any reason related to a disability you are unable to complete this online training, please contact the Information Security Team on informationsecurity@ed.ac.uk to arrange an alternative method of delivery. 

Read the Accessibility Statement for the Information Security Essentials training

Information Security run regular hour long awareness sessions covering a range of Information Secuity topics from emerging threats to keeping your home safe. These are available to all University users and can be booked online: -

View the Information Security awareness session schedule

Infographic from the Information Security Division with the assistance of Graphic Design Services outlining our top 10 information security tips:

List of top 10 Information Security tips

 Download the InfoSec Top 10 Tips poster (618.63 KB PDF)

About LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) is an online skills development service offering an extensive library of high quality video courses in digital, technology, creative and business skills.

The University currently has a campus-wide licence for the service. This enables students and staff to  access to all LinkedIn Learning training materials. General information about registering with, and using LinkedIn Learning in the University is available here.

Information about LinkedIn Learning

Short courses

This is a short collection of relevant videos from LinkedIn Learning that may help you identify common types of attack, software or sites that you need to be able to avoid.

These are suitable for all computer users.

Keeping Information Safe (4m 10s)

Avoiding Scam Artists (4m 55s)

Using Secure Websites (4m 2s)

Internet Safety for Students

This 55 minutes course is suitable for all computer users. It is aimed at American University Students who want to know more about how to set up their computers to be more secure, and how to stay safe on the Internet.

internet safety for students

Learning path: become an IT security Specialist

A series of courses has been gathered into a Learning Path for people who want to learn the main kinds of things to become a specialist in IT Security. These courses are highly technical in places and are suitable only for experienced IT practitioners who want to specialise.

become an IT security specialist

MANTRA

MANTRA is a free online course for those who manage digital data as part of their research project. The training materials cover the basics but add a research context, the special requirements that researchers need to know about, and how to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of their research through its lifecycle.

MANTRA online course

Research data service

MANTRA training is provided as part of your responsibilties as a researcher. The research data service has more information on handling research data and the processes for doing so within the University.

A guide to the Research Data Service

Digital Footprint

If somebody Googled you, what would they find? With the help of the Institute for Academic Development you have opportunity to explore and reflect on your own online tracks and traces and understand why your digital footprint is important.  

Managing Your Digital Footprint

Developing software securely

The University has launched a "community of practice" focusing specifically on software development. To become a member of this group, engage with and share advice, techniques and best practice with the community of software developers inside The University, click below.

Software development community blog

The OWASP Project is a  worldwide not-for-profit charitable organization focused on improving the security of software.

OWASP top ten project

Police Scotland

advice on protecting yourself online

advice on avoiding phishing

Get safe online

The Get safe online website has a lot of useful information about using computers and Internet devices, whether it's in work, or in your daily life.

Get safe online

National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

The NCSC was set up by the Government to help protect national critical services from cyber attacks, manage major incidents, and improve the underlying security of the UK Internet through technological improvement and advice to citizens and organisations.

NCSC

Information Commissioner's Office

This is the main source of official information about data protection, and what is expected of all citizens when handling personally sensitive information, and the laws related to this.

Information commissioner's office