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Take on the cyber-scammers with our exclusive security awareness training.

Student news

Take on the cyber-scammers with our exclusive security awareness training.

We all need to be on our guard against cyber-scams designed to trick us into parting with money or sharing personal information. Already this academic year we’ve needed to warn you about phishing emails and texts targeting students who have received their maintenance loan.

So, we’ve teamed up with KnowBe4 to offer our students exclusive access to their world-class security awareness training. This includes a year’s free access to a series of fun, interactive modules designed to help improve your skills in key aspects of cyber security – from choosing a better password to spotting the tell-tale signs of phishing.

For each module that you successfully complete, you’ll be able to download a certificate that you can reference on your CV or LinkedIn profile. As these cyber-skills are in great demand in modern businesses, this will help to give you the edge in job interviews and applications. 

You can complete the modules at your own pace, but you should be prepared to put aside 15 minutes per month to ensure you don’t fall behind.

How to sign up

Just click on the link below and complete the short online form to register your interest (you may need to input your CCCU username and password if you aren’t already logged into our network). We’ll then enrol you on the training, and send you more information within 5 working days.

Over the next 12 months, you’ll receive a series of links to the training modules via your CCCU student email in-box. We’ll also send you other emails that are designed to test your skills and train you to spot the signs of a scam.

Please note that places for this training are limited, and offered on a first come first served basis. The closing date to register is 12 November.

If you have any questions about the content or purpose of this training, please contact the IT Hub via Live Chat or email

Other resources to help you keep safe online

If you’re not sure you can devote a few minutes each month to this exclusive training, you can still access our guidance on how to protect your account, password and data and keeping safe online.

You can also download KnowBe4’s guide to social engineering red flags as a constant reminder of key tricks used by scammers.

Remember, no legitimate organisation, be it your bank, Student Finance Company or the University, will ask for personal details such as your username and password by email. If you are ever unsure about such a request, contact the organisation directly via trusted channels such as a customer service line or its official website.