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Cyber Security Awareness Training

Information security is the responsibility of every employee and student. The cyber security awareness training program gives you the information you need to do the right thing with student and employee data. Having the proper security awareness training will assist the college in aligning with newer policies and proceduresas they are being implemented.

Thiel College has partnered with KnowBe4 as its cyber security training platform. If you are signed up for training, you will receive emails pointing you to required training on this platform. Thiel College has also partnered with Sophos for end-point and malware protection.

You can access the training platform here:

The current training is only available to faculty and staff with the possibility of it being expanded to the students in the future.  If students would like further information about security awareness please read below for helpful tips and guides or contact the Solution Center at x4000 or

Security Awareness Guides and Tips

Phishing emails try to trick you into giving information you wouldn't normally share, such as an account password. Take the Google Phishing Quiz or Open DNS Phishing Quiz.

Spam emails try to get you to spend money or time on something you normally wouldn’t. Move spam email into the junk mail folder, or simply delete it.

Report phishing or spam emails using the Phish Alert button in Outlook..

The following pages are designed to supplement the above Information Security Awareness Training. They provide a more in-depth review of specific cyber security topics. Each page provides tools and information about what to do and what not to do to keep your computer and data safe and secure. 



Anti-Virus/Malware software provides essential protection for your computer against virus infection and infiltration by spyware and other malicious software. Antivirus software is installed on all Thiel College managed workstations and laptops.  For personally owned devices or an unmanaged device there are free alternatives such as Cisco ImmunetSophos HomeClamAV, AVG, or Avast. Windows Defender is built into Windows 10 automatically if you don’t want to install a third-party Anti-Virus/Malware

What is Windows Update and why should I run it?

The Windows Update (or Microsoft Update) utility is used to keep your Windows-based computer up-to-date with the latest patches. PCs connected to the Thiel College Network must be up-to-date on critical patches that have been released. These updates will close security holes in your computer and hopefully prevent you from being hacked or infected with viruses. This will also help protect other users on our network from any potential problems with your computer.

Windows 10 automatically downloads and installs updates to make sure your device is secure and up to date. This means you receive the latest fixes and security updates, helping your device run efficiently and stay protected. In most cases, restarting your device completes the update. Make sure your device is plugged in when you know updates will be installed.

Why should I restart my computer?

Some updates require you to restart your computer for them to go into effect, and you may not be notified when this is the case. Whether your computer is being patched for you* or you do it yourself, shutting down or restarting your computer regularly -- at least weekly -- helps to make sure software and security updates are properly installed and are protecting your computer and information. It also helps to keep your computer running smoothly and fix small issues that may occur (i.e. trouble connecting to the Internet, printer, email, frozen screens, crashing programs).