Posted: Mon, 04/30/2018 - 12:55pm Updated: Fri, 02/15/2019 - 10:02am

It is often said that humans are the weakest link in cybersecurity. Clever phishing emails are often effective in soliciting sensitive information, or network access from unsuspecting staff members. This initiative will work to educate our educators and help minimize this risk with an awareness campaign.

The State of Indiana has an existing contract with MediaPro for security awareness training and phishing simulation. This fall we enrolled 86 districts and more than 40,000 staff members in training. While we aren't accepting new district enrollments during second semester, we anticipate another offering for the 2019-20 school year. Check this page for application in August.

What is the cost to a district to participate?
There is no cost to the district beyond an investment of time to implement the training with fidelity.
How long will it take for staff to complete the training?
The pilot group selected modules in three key areas: Preventing Phishing, Safe Computing, and Social Media Risks and Benefits. These modules, or even subsets of the three, would ideally be sent to staff over the course of the year. All together these three consist of 58 total minutes of training. Additional modules are available.
How do we manage the training?
The IDOE will host webinars in September, led by MediaPro. Technology leads should plan on attending a two hour session to learn how to manage training and phishing campaigns. These webinars will be recorded for later viewing.
Early info suggested that districts would be grouped together in the management portal. Is that still the case?
The initial pilot shared a management space, but based on their feedback we will be establishing separate instances for each district that signs on.
How do our staff access the training?
MediaPro has their own learning management system (LMS), and can provide your staff logins to access training. They are also capable of exporting content to be used in your own LMS if you would prefer that method.

We will follow up in September with training opportunities and login information. For additional questions, please email Jason Bailey.