Security Awareness Program

Under the provisions of the Massachusetts data security law and regulations (201 CMR 17.00) the College is required to provide security awareness to all employees. The awareness program focuses on the protection of PII (personally identifiable information) as well as the handling of College-sensitive data and the protection of accounts, passwords, computers, and networks.

We offer online resources for security awareness through SANS Securing the Human. The informational materials consist of videos with voice over and captions. New employees will receive an email invitation to participate in the program and should complete participation within two weeks of the first day at work, based on the start date provided in the "New Employee/Special Non-Employee or Position Change IT Checklist" form submittted by the department. Employees who change positions will receive an email invitation to participate as needed, after discussion with the new department.

Website Training

IT provides a variety of trainings for faculty, staff, and students. Training on how to edit and maintain the Amherst website using our Content Management System (CMS) will be offered regularly throughout the year.

View the schedule of trainings on the IT Training and Events Calendar.

Using lynda.com

How to log in and use online software and technology training videos on lynda.com. With Amherst’s campus subscription to lynda.com, students and employees (staff and faculty) can access more than 1,400 training videos that provide software and computer skills instruction. New courses are added every week.

Lynda.com - Online Computer and Self-Improvement Learning Resource

With Amherst’s campus subscription to Lynda.com, students, faculty, and staff can access thousands of educational videos that serve as educational resources on software skills, computer skills, and self-improvement. Lynda.com adds new materials every week.