National Cyber Security Awareness: Phishing

Posted on 10/8/2018 11:01:36 AM

Phishing is the malicious attempt to obtain personal information such as usernames, passwords, bank accounts, credit card numbers, etc. Users easily fall victim to these attacks by being tricked into opening attachments or clicking on links in e-mail messages. Take a moment to complete the Cyber Security quiz, and be entered to win a prize!

Tips for avoiding phishing scams:

  • Be suspicious of messages that have a sense of urgency, bad grammar/spelling, and generic/shocking subjects.
  • Never click on links from users and e-mail addresses with which you are unfamiliar.
  • Never give out usernames, passwords, or other sensitive information via telephone or e-mail. (The IT Support Center will NEVER ask for your password via the phone or e-mail).
  • Send phishing e-mails as attachments to so they can be blocked. See How to Submit a Phishing Message to IT Support.

It is important to be on the look out for these scams when using your IUP e-mail. Remember, your IUP e-mail account is an official means of communication.

IUP is proud to be a “champion” as designated by the National Cyber Security Alliance. The university conducts a number of educational and awareness activities throughout October, which is designated as National Cyber Security Month. The capstone event this year is Cyber Security/Information Assurance Day on October 30. More details can be found at the Cyber Security/Information Assurance Day website.