Information Security

Advances in information technology have changed our daily lives. Most faculty and staff members use computers to manage, share and store a wide range of information. Because you have access to information that is often personal and confidential, it is important for you to know how to protect that information. Security is the responsibility of all members of the University community.

Purpose of Security Awareness

The purpose of awareness is to focus attention on security, creating sensitivity to the threats and vulnerabilities of computer systems and recognition of the need to protect data, information, and systems.

Threats to Information Security

  • Password guessing
  • Accidental disclosure of confidential information
  • Misuse of systems or networks
  • Abuse of system privileges
  • Social engineering
  • Malicious viruses, worms, and Trojan horses from emails and downloaded files
  • Theft of mobile devices (laptops, PDAs) that contain confidential information

Security Awareness Training

It is important for students, faculty, and staff to understand the importance of IT security and to ensure that each individual understands his or her responsibilities. In order to do our jobs, we must have information available when we need it. It must be accurate, and we must know the steps needed to safeguard its confidentiality when necessary. To be truly effective, everyone must do his or her part to secure the information environment.

The Security, Compliance, and Risk Management office is committed to a strong approach to education, outreach and awareness training. We provide training for students, faculty, and staff and are eager to work with any department or office on campus to ensure good security practices are in place. We also mandate annual training for faculty and staff via the SANS Institute.

Contact Information Security to find out more.

More Resources

Navigate using the buttons at the left for more information about information security topics, goals, and other resources that you can use to arm yourself in the fight against cybercrime. Each of us needs to be familiar with potential security issues and how to prevent them in the future. You can never be too prepared for a cybersecurity event.

Duo Security

Two-factor authentication is required when using University resources. Students, faculty, and staff will be prompted for Duo login when using Miami systems if not already enrolled.

The best part: It's fast, easy, and free!

Check out our Duo FAQ.

For step-by-step enrollment guides, visit