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CUMC Privacy and Security Training

Training for the 2016 period is now online at: Note that this is a different link than the one used last year, please make sure you are visiting, then use your Columbia UNI and password to login and take the two required courses. All current Faculty, staff and students must complete the training courses ANNUALLY.
  • The expected completion date for the 2016 annual training is April 30, 2016.
  • New faculty, staff and/or students MUST complete the training within 30 days AND before receiving access to any Information Systems at the medical center.
  • Failure to complete training within the prescribed time period will result in loss of access to Columbia email and research system (RASCAL).  In addition, your department administrator, chair and dean will be notified that you have failed to complete the training.
For technical assistance contact the Service Desk at extension 5-HELP (212-305-4357), option 5, or email Please be able to provide any specific error message(s) you may receive when using the online training.

Training Information
Columbia University values the importance of openly communicating and sharing information, while promoting the safety and security of all students, faculty and staff. To protect sensitive data and computer systems while strengthening security awareness, the University offers Security Awareness Training.

The Columbia University HIPAA Covered Entity, which includes the Columbia University Medical Center, is governed by the HIPAA and HITECH regulations. As part of that governance, all members of the Covered Entity workforce must complete this training on an annual basis. Course content for 2016 has been updated to include current Privacy and Information Security regulations that govern Columbia, as well as additional information from related Columbia University policies. This training is comprised of two modules:

  • HIPAA Privacy
  • Security Essentials CUMC

To access the Security Awareness Training modules, go to: and log in with your Columbia UNI and password. For a complete list and description of each training module please see below.

Security Essentials CUMC

Security breaches are caused by the loss or theft of computers and devices, accidental sharing of information and social engineering. It is important that we understand the full impact of a breach to the University (e.g., fines and lawsuits, public embarrassment, loss of valuable assets). This training will help:

  • Define information security breaches, provide examples, explain their root cause and walk you through the steps to prevent them.
  • Explain how to safely use computing devices, create strong passwords and protect information when traveling or working remotely.
  • Explain how to use the CUMC Email system.
  • Explain common threats, such as social engineering, phishing and account compromises.

HIPAA Privacy

HIPAA applies to the employees, faculty and students within the covered entity of the University. This training module will define Electronic Protected Health Information and the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”).

  • Training addresses private health information (PHI) and its impact on health care providers, as well as understanding of the 18 identifiers, time factors and formats in which private health information can be communicated.
  • Will help you gain a better comprehension of how the HIPAA Security rule addresses the confidentiality, integrity and availability of protected health information in an electronic form.
  • Learn why Columbia is designated as a Hybrid Entity, and how that changes privacy rule requirements.
  • Learn why Columbia Medical Centers, New York Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical Center form an Organized Health Care Arrangement (OHCA), allowing them to share PHI with one another that have common patients.

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Last updated 2/11/2016