SANS CyberSecurity Awareness and Training

Annual Training

Faculty, Supportive Professional Staff, and Civil Service employees are all required to participate in annual security training to be compliant with state and federal regulations as well as University policies. NIU contracts with the SANS Institute to provide online training modules that cover a wide range of security issues and practices - all geared towards helping NIU operate securely.

Training for New Hires

As part of onboarding to NIU, within 3 months of their start date, new CS, SPS, and Faculty will be required to complete online training to learn about safe technology practices at NIU. The training consists of two parts:
  • NIU information security policies: reviews acceptable use policies at NIU. Accessed through Blackboard, this online course will take approximately 1 hour to complete.
  • Cybersecurity awareness: reviews a wide range of security issues and practices - all geared towards helping NIU operate securely. This includes 1 hour of online, on-demand videos with short quizzes.

More Info

  • Students, student employees, adjunct faculty and instructors are not licensed to take the online training course. For free resources, please refer to the CyberSecurity Awareness tips on the Information Security page, the SANS Institute (SANS.org) the EDUCAUSE CyberSecurity Program (www.educause.edu/focus-areas-and-initiatives/policy-and-security/cybersecurity-program), or Stay Safe Online (staysafeonline.org).
  • Training assignments will be sent your NIU email address from SANS@NIU.edu.
  • For more information about safe technology use at NIU, please click to the Information Security page.
  • If you're having trouble viewing the modules or taking the quizzes, please review the Known Issues below. If these techniques don't work, please submit a ticket at DoIT's Self-Service Portal: it.niu.edu.

   20 Required Modules: 60-90 minutes       8 Optional Modules | 2 Optional Games: 30 minutes   
  • You Are the Shield
  • Privacy
  • Data Security
  • EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • PCI DSS
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
  • Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)
  • Personally Identifiable Information
  • Red Flags Rules
  • Federal Tax Information
  • Passwords
  • Social Engineering
  • Email and Phishing
  • Malware
  • Browsing Safely
  • Mobile Device
  • 2Physical Security
  • Insider Threat
  • Conclusion
  • Social Networks
  • Targeted Attacks
  • Working Remotely
  • Hacked
  • Data Security Watch Mini Game
  • Data Security Weak Links Mini Game
  • Creating a CyberSecure Home
  • Protecting Your Kids Online

Known Issues

Accessing SANS

Problem: Training log in link in the email from SANS@niu.edu doesn’t seem to work
Try This: Disable pop-up blockers.

Problem: Unable to login to SANS training platform (often see this message “Oops – invalid user…”)
Try This: Go to https://access.sans.org/go/niu and add “/preview” (without the quotes) to the end of the URL. It will look like this: https://access.sans.org/go/niu/preview. If this does not resolve the problem, please submit a ticket at it.niu.edu.
Try This: Occasionally SANS experiences extremely high traffic flow which results in login errors. This is more likely to be the cause if you have logged in successfully before. Try logging in again after a few hours or the next day. If you continue to have issues logging in, submit a ticket at it.niu.edu.

Problem: You deleted the assignment email and don’t have the link to the training 
Try This: Open your “Deleted” email folder and find the assignment email. Drag it back to your inbox.

Problem: Unable to login to SANS training platform and you receive an “unhandled exception” error message
Try This: Go to https://access.sans.org/go/niu and add “/preview” (without the quotes) to the end of the URL. It will look like this: https://access.sans.org/go/niu/preview. If this does not resolve the problem, please take a screenshot of the error message, and submit a ticket to it.niu.edu with the screenshot file attached. If you need help getting the screenshot, please call 815-753-8100.

Within SANS Training Platform

Problem: Videos won’t load for viewing.
Try This: Clear the browser cache and cookies or try a different browser.

Problem: Videos won’t play and you get a “failed to call 3rd party LMS” message.
Try This: Clear the browser cache and cookies or try a different browser.

Problem: Modules won’t show as “completed.”
Try This: Sometimes even if you have completed a module and passed the quiz, the module won’t indicate that you’ve completed it. If this happens to you, please submit a ticket at it.niu.edu.