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Information Security Training Program

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How to enroll

  1. Log in to Avenue to Learn 
  2. Click on “Discover” on the top navigation bar 
  3. Select “McMaster Information Security Training” and Enroll. 
  4. The course will be available from your Avenue to Learn homepage  

Why take the module?

Learn how to:

  • avoid being scammed online,
  • identify cyber threats like email phishing,
  • protect your personal data and privacy,
  • …and more.

Plus, if you enrol by November 30, 2023, you will be entered for a chance to win a Fitbit Fitness Tracker! 


No. However, all students, staff and faculty are encouraged to complete the “Introduction to Information Security” content and assessment. Additionally, some research roles may be required to participate in information security training.

Students can print their assessment scores for personal records. UTS can provide a record of completion for researchers upon request when Information Security Training is required for research grants or partnerships. Future online Information Security courses offering certificates will be linked from this course.

You can view your results and retake the assessment as many times as you like. Individual results are not shared without your consent. Results are used to enhance training and maintain an overview of security awareness at McMaster.

The module typically takes about one hour to complete.

  • The course covers:
    • Essential cyber security resources at McMaster
    • Phishing awareness
    • Password and MFA (Multi-Factor Authentication) guidance
    • Tips for securing laptops, phones, computers, and firewalls
    • Wi-Fi security advice
    • An overview of McMaster’s information security incident response.
  • Additional content is available for researchers, research support, and aspiring researchers, focusing on research data management, publishing, data storage, and more. This content is developed by Research Data Management (RDM) Services staff and is available through on the RDM website and the Digital Commons Research Pilot (DRCP).

This course will help you:

  • Prevent online scams
  • Improve ability to recognize and respond to new threats, like email phishing and smishing (SMS phishing)
  • Enhance understanding of personal data protection and privacy.