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Required Annual IT Security Awareness Training

The university needs a cybersecurity conscious workforce to ensure that our computers, networks, and information are kept safe. Updated for 2023, “Defend Your Shell” is a basic cybersecurity awareness training created to fulfill the state of Maryland’s expectation that all employees receive cybersecurity awareness information each year.

All faculty and staff, including research assistants and graduate assistants, are required to complete “Defend Your Shell 2023” training before March 3, 2023.

Get started at You must log in with your UMD credentials and enroll in the course to begin. The material is broken up into five modules with corresponding quizzes that can be completed at your convenience. It takes approximately 40 minutes to view the full series.

If you have any questions, please contact the IT Service Desk.

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