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New Advanced Email Security Service Begins with URL Defense

July 05, 2019

Email continues to be the No. 1 attack vector for malicious actors. The University of Idaho Budget Finance Committee funded the Advanced Email Filtering project to improve email security across the organization. This week, ITS will implement a core component of this project that includes a number of email protection features including a new URL Defense service.

Starting this week, email links will include the new URL Defense functionality. Web links in email will point to urldefense.com. For example, https://google.com will change to https://urldefense.com/. Every link starting with urldefense.com is part of a system that checks if websites are safe to visit, with no malware. If the site is safe, the browser will redirect to the original URL web destination. A "blocked" webpage will be displayed if a site is malicious.

The new advanced email filtering service with URL Defense protects users from spam, malware, non-malware, and targeted phishing email and threats with a multilayered email security approach to prevent confidential information from getting into the wrong hands. This new service has many other filtering improvements that happen behind the scenes. More than 90 percent of targeted attacks start with email and these security threats are always evolving. Contact your local IT support staff or visit the support article or go to support.uidaho.edu to find information or support.

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The University of Idaho, home of the Vandals, is Idaho’s land-grant, national research university. From its residential campus in Moscow, U of I serves the state of Idaho through educational centers in Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Idaho Falls, nine research and Extension centers, plus Extension offices in 42 counties. Home to nearly 12,000 students statewide, U of I is a leader in student-centered learning and excels at interdisciplinary research, service to businesses and communities, and in advancing diversity, citizenship and global outreach. U of I competes in the Big Sky Conference. Learn more at uidaho.edu