Cybersecurity Awareness Training

The Mount provides students, faculty and with free cybersecurity and phishing awareness training using the online Beauceron platform. It is designed to help increase your awareness and practical knowledge of cybersecurity, and to help protect yourself, your family, and the Mount community from cybercrime.

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For Cybersecurity Awareness Month (October) this year, Chartwells and IT&S are partnering to offer the Cyber Eats contest for MSVU students, faculty and staff! Take the free Beauceron cybersecurity training to be entered to win one of eight $50 Swipe and Save Chartwells gift cards, which you can use at the Rosaria Dining Hall, McCain Café and Seton Café. (An alternative prize of equivalent value will be provided for off-campus winners.) The sooner you take the training, the greater your chance of winning, as winners will be drawn each Friday from October 14 to December 1, 2023. On the final draw day, we will also award five free lunches at the Rosaria Dining Hall. Already taken the Beauceron training? No worries! Take the 2023 refresher to be eligible for the draw. And if you already started the training, you can pick up where you left off and complete your training to qualify. Good luck!

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Beauceron FAQs

Where do I login?

Go to this webpage to access the training:

What is my Beauceron login?

Use your email address to log in to Beauceron.

What is my Beauceron password?

It’s your email address password.

How long does it take to receive my welcome email?

Enrolling you in the course is not an automatic process, so it will take up to two business days for you to receive the welcome email. If you have not received it after three days, please contact the IT&S Help Desk.

I didn’t get the welcome email inviting me to take the course. What do I do?

First check your junk folder to see if it’s in there. If it’s not there, contact the IT&S Help Desk for assistance.

Is this course eligible for the Co-Curricular Recognition Program (CCRP)?

Yes, if you complete the Cyber Security Awareness Training course, it can be included on your CCRP transcript.

Is this course eligible for the Mount Learning Passport?

No, this course is not eligible for the Mount’s Learning Passport program.

What should I expect?

You will receive a Beauceron account notification email titled “Welcome to Beauceron” asking to complete a short cybersecurity awareness survey and to take an online intro training course. The course takes less than an hour to complete, and you can save it and return anytime.

Once you have completed the survey and course, you will receive a series of three simulated phishing emails over one week, and then you will be asked to take another short, final questionnaire that will allow you to provide feedback on your experience.

From then on, you will receive a simulated phish about once a month.

What’s my Beauceron Risk Score?

Beauceron assigns you a risk score. Your risk score is based on your cybersecurity knowledge, responses to simulated attacks, your exposure level (if your email address was compromised in a data breach before), and rewards for your performance.

The lower your score, the better. You can lower your score (good) by completing the surveys, taking the intro course, reporting phishing emails to IT&S, and taking extra courses. If you click on links in the simulated phishing emails, your score will increase (bad) and you may be asked to take a remedial phishing course or survey.

A risk score lower than 650 is considered good, and between 650 and 800 is average. A score above 800 is high risk. The lower the better. 500 is the lowest score. You can take supplemental training and report phishes to to lower your score.

How do I report a phishing email?

To report a phishing email to IT&S, please forward it to If you report a Beauceron simulated phish, you will receive credit for it on your Beauceron Risk Score. If you forward a real phish, you will also receive credit for it on your Beauceron Risk Score. If you forward an email that isn’t a phish, then your score will not be affected.

What is the difference between Beauceron initial training and refresher training?

The initial training is assigned to you when you are initially enrolled in the Beauceron cybersecurity training. For those that have completed the initial training, we offer a refresher each year to help keep you up to date on the current risks and trends in cybersecurity.

What is in the initial training?

The initial Beauceron training consists of two surveys, four course modules, and you will receive three simulated phishing emails before you are assigned the final, completion survey.

  1. Awareness, Attitudes and Perceptions Survey
  2. Cybersecurity Awareness 101: The World of Cybercrime module
  3. Cybersecurity Awareness 102: Hacking Humans module
  4. Cybersecurity Awareness 103: Malware module
  5. Cybersecurity Awareness 104: Securing Yourself module
  6. 3 simulated phishing emails
  7. Completion Survey

What is in the refresher training?

The refresher training for 2022 consist of two surveys and three course modules, and you will receive three simulated phishing emails before you are assigned the final, completion survey.

  1. Awareness, Attitudes and Perceptions Survey
  2. Cybersafe 2022 module
  3. Device Loss: Supplemental module
  4. Microsoft Remote Work Guide module
  5. Virtual Private Networks module
  6. 3 simulated phishing emails
  7. Completion Survey

Can I take extra courses?

Beauceron has many extra courses that you can take which lowers your risk score. To view the list of courses, log into Beauceron and click the Education menu item on the left. To take a course, click the Actions button > Enroll.

Where is the data for the Beauceron training stored?

Beauceron is a Canadian company, and its data is stored in Canada.

What information is stored about me in the Beauceron training site?

Your name, Mount email address, IP address, browser stats, course and phishing simulation history are stored in Beauceron. Neither student ID’s nor employee ID’s are stored in Beauceron. For more information on the Mount and the Beauceron privacy policies see these links:

Further Assistance

For further assistance, contact the IT&S Help Desk.