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Working Securely: November is SIM Training Month

Our Training Policy exists to ensure everyone engages in appropriate training – to be compliant with the University’s obligations and regulatory guidelines. We have not yet achieved satisfactory levels of compliance.

From figures compiled yesterday, average training course completions across Professional Services Groups stand at 65%; across Academic Departments, average course completions stand at 25%.

A call to action on SIM training now!

We need to improve our SIM training completion rates to demonstrate we have a fully-trained workforce.

We are issuing another ‘call to action’ to everyone to complete all nine training modules listed below by the end of November. This gives plenty of time to complete the process – a few hours to work through the list, or chip away, completing a couple of modules a week.

If you responded to our training call in August and completed all 9 modules then, thank you. Your renewal anniversary will be recorded and you will be sent a reminder next year.

The two ‘Foundation’ training modules are reinforced by seven additional ‘Standard’ modules, available to us through an existing contract. While they are not ideal, they do improve our overall training provision.

We have noted users comments and feedback on issues of content and functionality from course completions in August and September. These will feed into a project to produce better material in the future.

The full list of modules is here and can be accessed directly from these links:

 Foundation Training modules:

Standard Training modules:

Security & Information Management is Everyone's Responsibility

All staff are required to take SIM training that is relevant and appropriate to the kind of work they undertake:

  1. Foundation Training: the two ‘Information Security Essentials’ and ‘GDPR Training’ modules must be completed at induction and refreshed annually by all staff who work at the University, without exception.
  2. Standard Training: in addition to the Foundation Training modules, all staff who predominantly complete their University work on a computer and regularly handle electronic communications, must complete the 7 Standard Training modules listed above, at induction and refresh them annually thereafter. This applies to existing and new staff joining the University from 1 September 2020. There are no exceptions to this policy.

For more information:

See the SIM Training web page here

See the Organisation Development Essential Induction Training web pages here

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Who needs to know this?

This information concerns us all. If you use a Warwick staff card, a Warwick email address, access one of our staff or student record systems or share your Warwick work with colleagues within or beyond the University, you are involved in activities that must be kept secure.

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