Wheaton Employees Participate in Cybersecurity Training

Posted March 22, 2017

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Wheaton College faculty and staff are currently participating in cybersecurity training as part of the College's response to data security risks identified by GreyCastle Security.

GreyCastle Security performed a data security risk assessment at Wheaton College last fall. Their assessment identified security risks and also provided strategies to improve security and mitigate risks in the future.

"GreyCastle and other industry leaders advise that employees’ lack of training and awareness of appropriate data and information security behaviors is a primary contributor to increased risk and possible information breach," said Chief Information Officer Wendy Woodward in a February 23 email to faculty and staff. "To address this at Wheaton College, we have contracted with a top-rated security training tool, Securing the Human, to provide a learning opportunity for all employees who have access to College data."

Securing the Human training, which began on March 15, focuses on helping employees recognize and respond appropriately to suspicious websites, spam or phishing emails, suspicious websites, signs of a virus infection, and more. The training also helps employees understand what behaviors are risky and which are safer.

"One of the biggest threats of malware these days is ransomware," said Director of Infrastructure and Security Harvard Townsend. "Ransomware maliciously encrypts all your data…The criminals then demand a ransom in order for you to get your data back."

"We have had two instances of ransomware at Wheaton in recent history and I’ve seen numerous reports of ransomware outbreaks at other colleges and universities," said Townsend.

"Regular data and information security training is one way we can collectively become more aware and be on guard against these efforts," said Woodward.

Employees have until March 31 to complete Securing the Human cybersecurity training, though many employees have already completed training.

You can learn more about the training or log in to the training site here. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Academic and Institutional Technology at 630.752.4357 (HELP) or by email at

Improving Your Memory

Posted February 28, 2017

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Does your memory sometimes fail you? Not sure how to remember a long list of dates or the 23 steps in your lab procedure? We're recommending the short ThunderCloud Training video course, "Improving Your Memory."

This course outlines memory principles and techniques such as mnemonics, memory palaces, note-taking techniques, and situational techniques for presentations, readings, dates, and more.

If you have a perfect memory, there's still plenty for you to learn with ThunderCloud Training. Choose from thousands of video courses from experts and learn about everything from body language to computer programming. Broaden your skill set for your resume or learn something new just for fun. ThunderCloud Training is available to you for as long as you're a Wheaton student.

Remember, you can always save videos to a playlist to watch later. You don't have to finish a course all at once, since your place is automatically saved.

After you watch a course, be sure to check out the suggested courses to see related videos as well as more advanced and in-depth options. If you have any questions, contact Academic and Institutional Technology at 630.752.4357 (HELP) or by email at

What You Need to Know About Cybersecurity

Posted February 22, 2017

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Nearly everything we do in our day-to-day lives touches the Internet in some way--online shopping and banking, social networks, app-controlled thermostats and security systems, cloud storage, and more. In a world where so much of our life is online, it's important to understand which behaviors keep you safe and which put you at risk for lost data, infected computers or phones, compromised accounts, and even identity theft.

Learning basic cybersecurity practices--or brushing up on what you already know--can help you stay safe and avoid the stress and time it takes to recover from compromised data. These basic skills include using public Wi-Fi safely, keeping your computer up-to-date, and recognizing email scams.

You can learn these skills and more with the course "Computer Security and Internet Safety Fundamentals." This course has many short videos, each focused on a particular aspect of cybersecurity. We recommend watching the safety tips for Mac and Windows computers as well as the specific Internet browsers you use.

This is a ThunderCloud Training video course. Sign in to with your email address and password to watch the videos. You can save your place and pick up the videos again later, add videos to a playlist, and look at other recommended courses. If you have any questions, contact Academic and Institutional Technology at 630.752.4357 (HELP) or by email at

Learn Something New with ThunderCloud Training

Posted December 13, 2016

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Looking for something to do over break? Learning new skills with ThunderCloud Training is a great option.

Powered by, ThunderCloud Training has thousands of video courses about nearly as many topics: from training in productivity software like Microsoft Office to tips for mastering networking soft skills. Each course is presented by a subject matter expert, and the videos are curated to ensure quality.

Courses are broken down into short videos. If you prefer to read along, transcripts that let you skip to the matching section of a video are also provided. It's easy to save your place or add videos to a customized playlist.

If you haven't used ThunderCloud Training before, you can access this valuable resource here. If you have any questions, contact Academic and Institutional Technology at 630.752.4357 (HELP) or by email at

Training Materials Available for Outlook Calendaring

Posted December 13, 2016


Effective Date: January 1, 2016

On January 1, the Campus Calendaring and Communication policy will go into effect. This policy aims to increase calendaring and scheduling efficiency by moving faculty and staff to Outlook as a common platform.

In order to assist faculty and staff with this transition, Academic and Institutional Technology created an easy-to-reference page of training videos and how-to guides for the most commonly asked questions about Outlook calendaring. These include simple introductions to Outlook and instructions for sharing calendars and creating meetings. You can view these materials at any time here.

In addition to on-demand training materials, there will be dedicated drop-in hours for Outlook questions at the AIT Service Desk in Blanchard 171 from 2-4 PM from January 3 through 6 and January 9 through 13. All faculty or staff members are welcome to stop by with any questions they might have.

If you would like assistance using Outlook, you are welcome to contact Academic and Institutional Technology at 630.752.4357 (HELP) or by email at

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