ITS Sends Fake Phish to Raise Awareness
July 28, 2017
Starting this week, Information Technology Services (ITS) will randomly send UI employees a series of fake phishing email messages. These emails will look and act like real phishing messages.
UI employees who fall victim to a fake phishing email will be directed to a short training module to help educate the employee about the topic. The information will explain what phishing is, how to recognize it and what to do if one is received. Phishing is a scam and a common method of online identity theft and virus spreading that has grown over the years in scope and seriousness.
ITS works diligently to protect the university's systems and those of its employees. This type of initiative is important to raising the Vandal community awareness about the security risks associated with these malicious cyberattacks, and when and where to report them. Detailed results of this campaign will be kept confidential. Additional training opportunities about phishing may be necessary.
UI offers an online training about phishing, which can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjFlTgIQMME. ITS thanks the university community for its sustained concern and watchful eye about phishing. For questions about phishing, contact ITS Security at email@example.com.
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