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Data Protection & Cyber Security online training

The mandatory Data Protection & Cyber Security course (LAOD152) is available on Blackboard. It was refreshed and launched on the 11th October 2022 for all staff to complete by the end of January 2023. 

The course takes approximately 30 minutes. It is advised you complete the training in a single sitting, however you can leave it and return to it later if required.

How to access the course:

1. Existing members of staff that joined the University before 16 September 2022

If you are an existing member of staff, that joined the University of Manchester before 16 September 2022, you have been enrolled onto the course. Please access Blackboard, log in with Duo, search for LAOD152 ‘Data Protection & Cyber Security’ and complete the course.

2. Members of staff that joined between 16 September 2022 and 31 December 2022, or atypical members of staff (eg Teaching Assistants, Casuals)

If you joined the University of Manchester between 16 September 2022 and 31 December 2022, or you are an atypical member of staff (eg a Teaching Assistant, a casual with a requirement to complete the course) please access Blackboard and follow the on-screen instructions to self-enrol onto the course.

3. New members if staff that joined after 1 January 2023

If you joined the University of Manchester after 01 January 2023, please complete this course as part of LAOD153 Essential courses for new staff

If you are unable to access the Blackboard application please contact IT Services to request access, as you will need this first before you can access or enrol on the course.

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The videos aren’t loading, what do I need to do?

Typically this is browser issue and may relate to the 'third party cookie' settings on the particular browser you’re using. In the browser’s ‘privacy and security’ settings, ensure that third party cookies are not blocked, they need to be enabled so the site can track progress.

If using Safari browser (mac, iPad and iPhone) go to the ‘Privacy & Security’ settings and disable ‘Prevent Cross-Site Tracking’. The site needs to track progress however the setting can be enabled again after completing the course.

If you have an ad-blocker enabled on your browser, please disable it whilst you complete the course

I have completed the course and passed the quiz but my training record still says ‘confirmed’ not ‘passed’, why is that?

Your training record can take up to 72 hours to update. It will say ‘passed’ if you have completed all sections of the training, ie you have gone through all the videos (check the panel on the right-hand side of the screen to see if it says 100%). Once you have completed the quiz and achieved a score of 80% or more, close the quiz by clicking the ‘close’ button on the last screen, you will know you’ve successfully completed the course when you see the ‘Congratulations’ message.

How can I obtain evidence that I have completed the course?

You must complete all sections and achieve a score of 80% in the quiz to successfully complete the course. Close the quiz by clicking the ‘close’ button on the last screen. Your University of Manchester Training Record will be updated within 72 hours. If you are required to provide evidence of completing the course, please take a screen shot of your training record which shows the date of completion.

How do I turn on subtitles?

You can turn on closed captions by selecting the CC button to the right of the audio control.


Why this training is important

We are all responsible for protecting personal data that individuals have entrusted to the University and information that’s confidential in nature. Failure to do so can result in significant harm and distress to the individuals whose data we hold, lead to reputational damage to the University and regulatory fines.

There is an ever-present risk that any one of us could become the victim of a cyber-attack. There are many simple but important steps outlined in the training that you can take to help keep your information, and University systems, safe and secure.