Digital Self-Defense Training

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The Information Security Office provides Digital Self Defense training courses scheduled through the Center for Professional Development or by request. The program is divided into three courses: Introduction, Desktop Security Tools, and Information Handling. See below for more information about specific courses.

DSD 101 Introduction to Digital Self Defense

Do you know what it takes to stay safe online? Do you know how to protect yourself and other RIT people? Are you worried about your online privacy? Did you know your smartphone can be attacked?

Cybercriminals continue to devise new ways to attack us both at RIT and at home. In order to meet those threats, we need to understand how to defend against them.

Join us for an hour of tips, tools, and best practices that will help you enjoy the Internet more safely, whether you’re using a personal computer, smartphone, or tablet.

We are scheduling multiple sessions of DSD 101 throughout the year. Check the current schedule and register at the CPD

View slide handouts for previous attendees.

DSD 102 Desktop Security Tools

DSD 102 is currently not available.

DSD 103 Information Handling

RIT employees handle or are exposed to Private and Confidential information every week. It is important to use appropriate and secure information handling practices to protect these types of information. Inadvertent loss or disclosure of Private information may result in a Notification event under the NYS Information Security Breach and Notification Act.

Course Objectives

Attendees of the Digital Self Defense (DSD) 103 – Information Handling course will learn new and improve existing information handling skills. Specifically, the course explains the different classes of information at RIT, how these types of information should be treated, and the correct means of storage, transfer, and destruction to be used. Completion of the course should provide the user with the necessary knowledge to be in compliance with the Information Access & Protection (IAP) Standard.

DSD 103 Online Course

DSD 103 Information Handling is now available as a self-paced online class through the RIT E-Learning Zone.

  1. Access DSD 103 Information Handling Web-based training on the RIT E-Learning Zone.
  2. Login with your RIT credentials.
  3. Open the course.
  4. Click the blue triangle to launch the course. (You may want to perform a Browser Check to ensure your computer is configured correctly.)
  5. Take the course and complete the post-course assessment.

DSD Classes for Your Department

We are happy to provide the DSD101 course or cover specific topics for your department upon request. Please contact Ben Woelk (, 54122) if you'd like us to schedule a session.

Updated 11/17/15.