Watch out for Phishing Emails

Phishing emails are an attempt by thieves to lure you into divulging personal and financial information, for their profit. They use clever techniques to induce a sense of urgency so that you do not stop to think about whether they are legitimate. You can learn what to look for and where to report these scams when you find them.

Monthly Phishing Awareness Campaign

Starting May 1, 2018, OIT Security will conduct a monthly phishing awareness campaign for all campus staff. Each month, at a random time and date, you will receive a simulated phishing message.

If you interact with the message, it will display a simple web page with tips on how to identify phishing attempts. This is a learning experience. Research suggests frequent, interactive phishing awareness activities are one of the best ways to help individuals protect themselves against malicious emails.

What to do with Phishing Email

If you suspect that you have received a phishing email, do not respond to it or click on the links. Report it to security@uci.edu and then delete it.

If you have concerns or questions about these plans, please contact either of us.

Isaac Straley
Chief Information Security Officer – Risk and Compliance
Campus Privacy Officer
straley@uci.edu

Josh Drummond
Chief Information Security Officer – Technology and Operations
jdrummon@uci.edu

Learn more about phishing

If you wish to learn more, additional phishing awareness resources are available on the UCI Learning Center and the Security website.

UCI Learning Center

  • Interactive Course: Phishing Awareness – Identifying Fraudulent URLs
  • Course: UC Cybersecurity Awareness Training – Refresher

Security Phishing Webpage

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