Penn has many resources to help faculty, staff and students learn about privacy issues and often solutions. Some training is brief and topic-specific; other training is more in depth. Some is video, some online, and some in published documents. Scan the full set of resources and choose the ones that are best for you and your organization. If you have any questions, or wish to work with Penn Privacy or Penn’s Office Information Security, feel free to contact us at and

One Step Ahead — Tips in Almanac

Penn publishes in Almanac tips on a wide range of privacy and security topics. Here are a few samples:

  • Avoid Phishing Emails: Here’s How
  • Travel and Identity Theft: An Unfortunate Connection
  • Strategies and Services to Insure Against Data Loss
  • Is it Okay to Outsource Penn Data
  • Working from Off Campus
  • Backing up Data Regularly
  • Secure Remote Solutions

Check out the full list of One Step Ahead privacy and security tips.

Facebook Guidance and Video

There are many important settings on Facebook to help you protect your privacy. Bear in mind that Facebook is a powerful interactive tool with significant and often complicated sharing capabilities. Also, Facebook often changes its privacy policies and practices. So, you should not share sensitive, private information on Facebook. Still, there are steps you can take to help protect your privacy for the information you do share on Facebook. See Penn’s Guidance .

Online Privacy and Security Training

Penn has developed an online training that focuses many important privacy and security topics that its faculty and staff should know about.

For your own personal benefit, as well as for the benefit of Penn’s valued community, we urge all faculty and staff at Penn to take this training. The training will help each of us to meet the expectations of the students, faculty, staff, alumni, patients, visitors and many others who trust in us to protect the privacy and security of their information.

Taking this training requires approximately 20-25 minutes. To enroll, simply go to the University’s Knowledge Link site. Log in using your Penn Key and password; click on ‘Optional’; then select ‘Information Privacy and Security at Penn’ from the list of available courses.

Thank you for your help in protecting important personal and Penn data – this effort relies on each and every one of us.