Free Security Awareness Courses

Publicly Available, Free Security Awareness Courses

Compiled by UCSC's IT Security Team, November 2011

Below are 17 publicly available, non-UC security awareness courses and videos. These security awareness courses may be completed online (or on CD-ROM in some cases) and are provided without cost to the participant. These courses are provided by several separate agencies and organizations. You can enroll in any or all of them. Certificates of training can be printed following completion of many of the courses. (Certificates are not provided with the videos.) Some courses require participants to establish a username and password.

This curriculum is designed to provide the participant with a broad security awareness, while offering some overlap in training to build depth of knowledge and emphasize important areas in the security curriculum. The material covers many of the domains within security, some of it IT Security.

1 - Anti-Terrorism Awareness Level-1 (1 hour)
Department of Defense annual anti-terrorism awareness training program.

2 - VIDEO - The Seven Signs of Terrorism (7 minutes)
Michigan State Police terrorism awareness training video.

3 - DoD Information Assurance Awareness (1 hour)

4 - Phishing Awareness (15-minutes)

5 - Information Assurance Awareness – Shorts (1 hour, 45 minutes total)
Includes six IA Shorts (15 – 20 minutes each):
  5a – Telework (15 minutes)
  5b - Insider Threat (15 minutes)
  5c – Wireless (15 minutes)
  5d – Passwords (20 minutes)
  5e - Peer to Peer (20 minutes)
  5f - Social Engineering (20 minutes)

6 – VIDEO – OPSEC (15 minutes)
Military operations security awareness video.

7 - AWR-187 Terrorism and WMD Awareness in the Workplace (30 minutes)
The goal of Terrorism and WMD Awareness in the Workplace is to prepare workers to be more aware of what terrorism is, what kind of groups and individuals are involved in terrorist activities, what Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) are and what to do should workers encounter a terrorist threat in the workplace. This is a thirty-minute web-based interactive course that is developed in collaboration with Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Tyson Foods Inc. and J.B. Hunt Transportation and Logistics Inc.

8 – Personally Identifiable Information (PII) (45 minutes)

9 - Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness FEMA/EMI Course IS-22 (4 hours)
The "Are You Ready? An In-Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness" has been designed to help the citizens of this nation learn how to protect themselves and their families against all types of hazards. It can be used as a reference source or as a step-by-step manual. The focus of the content is on how to develop, practice, and maintain emergency plans that reflect what must be done before, during, and after a disaster to protect people and their property. Also included is information on how to assemble a disaster supplies kit that contains the food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity for individuals and their families to survive.

10 - Analytical Investigative Tools (4 hours) (CD-ROM)
This course provides an overview of analytical investigative tools and techniques. The course introduces the role of the analyst and the analytical process for narcotic law enforcement officers. A brief overview of drugs of abuse is followed by a set of analytical 'tools' including methods for acquiring information, techniques for representing and analyzing information, and an overview of financial investigations.

11 - National Institute of Health Information Security & Privacy Awareness Training
  • Computer Security Awareness Course (30-60 minutes)
  • Securing Remote Computers (30-60 minutes)
  • Privacy Awareness Course (30-60 minutes)

12 – CDC Videos
  • The History of Bio-Terrorism (27 minutes)
  • Radiological Terrorism: Just in Time Training for Hospital Clinicians (17 minutes)

13 - FDA - Food Security Training (1 hour)
This course offers an introduction to food security for state and local sanitarians, USDA FSIS field inspectors, and HHS FDA field inspectors. With the current threat of terrorism against the US, it is critical that the food industry – from growers to retail – be aware of the threat and of the guidance materials available from regulatory agencies to help address food security concerns.

14 - Explosives, Booby Traps and Bomb Threat Management (2 hours) (CD-ROM)
This course addresses the dangers of explosive devices and booby traps for narcotics law enforcement officers. The course explores the psychology, anatomy, and effects of explosive devices, and describes how to respond to suspected explosive devices. Further, indoor and outdoor booby traps are described in detail, as well as how to respond to booby traps to avoid injury or death. A bomb incident plan covers the development of both physical security plans and a bomb threat plan but will not make you a bomb technician or give you knowledge necessary to disarm a device yourself.

15 - Drugs in America: Lessons for Law Enforcement (8 hours) (CD-ROM)
This course provides an overview of drugs of abuse for narcotic law enforcement officers. The course features a comprehensive survey of basic drug terminology, the Controlled Substances Act and the Uniform Code of Military Justice application of this act. Drugs of abuse are grouped into depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, cannabis, steroids, and inhalants. Each group of drugs are then described in terms of method of production, means of ingestion, effects, and signs of abuse for classes of drugs. Drugs covered in this course include in part, opiates (heroin, codeine, morphine, and analogs), cocaine, crack, methamphetamines, LSD, PCP, ketamine, peyote, MDMA, psilocybin, cannabis, hash, testosterone, and inhalants.

16 - Prevention and Deterrence of Terrorist Acts (1.5 hours)
As the threat of terrorism has increased and evolved, the United States government has expanded its support for initiatives to prepare first preventors to prevent and deter terrorist incidents involving weapons of mass destruction, to include chemical agents, biological agents, radiological or nuclear materials, and explosives (CBRNE). This online training course provides the participant with an awareness for preventing and deterring potential acts of terrorism through vigilance, observation, and reporting suspicious indicators or terrorist acts. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is supporting several major initiatives to prevent and/or deter terrorist incidents. This course is one of those initiatives and was developed in a collaborative effort by the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium.

17 – HAZMAT Transportation Security Awareness Training (45 minutes)