Announce

Add a story, deadline to InHouse or an event to the Calendar.

In the news

Read the latest stories featuring UNT people and programs.

Share photos

Share your campus and event photos and view the gallery.

 

Quick links

Common UNT web resources for faculty and staff.

Contact us

Who to Contact. Learn How to... Write for InHouse, Share Photos, and more.

IT security team launches phishing awareness campaign

phishingOne of the most common techniques that hackers use to gain sensitive information from people is by phishing, which is a fraudulent email attempt to lure people into sharing their personal, financial and other sensitive information. Once the information is shared, the hackers then use that information to gain access to personal accounts. Phishing scams are becoming more sophisticated, so it is important for employee to be aware of phishing techniques to avoid their work email account and information being compromised.

To help educate employees on recognizing phishing attempts, UNT System Information Security has purchased a phishing awareness assessment product from the SANS Institute. Employees may already be familiar with SANS through the Securing the Human online security awareness training.

The new product will allow the UNT System’s information security leaders to send simulated phishing emails that, in return, provide security awareness training to those who are enticed by the phishing email. The simulated phishing emails will be followed up with information on what the indicators were that the phishing email was not valid and why training and awareness is important. The goal is to increase the security awareness in our community and provide education through experience. By understanding how to detect a phishing attempt, employees can help protect themselves and keep UNT System safe from cyber criminals.

There are several things you can look for to determine if an email is a phishing attempt:

  • The message requests UNT information from a site that is not affiliated with a UNT institution or one that we do business with.
  • The message contains URLs (links) in the body of the email that do not match what is shown in the email address or footer.
  • The message requires that something be done immediately, such as "within the next 24 hours".
  • The message contains a request for any type of sensitive information.
  • The message contains simple and recurring misspellings or grammatical errors.

Things to keep in mind when dealing with a potential phishing scam:

  • Never click on a suspicious link as it could lead to a malicious site
  • If the email is supposedly from a financial institution or another government agency, contact them through alternate means to confirm the email's legitimacy
  • Never make personal or financial information publicly available
  • Our staff will never directly ask you for your password

Learn more

If you have doubts about an email sent to you, or believe you may have unintentionally divulged sensitive information, contact your computer support personnel or email security@untsystem.edu.

—Chauncey Cox, University Relations, Communications and Marketing

Posted on: Wed 02 September 2015

Owning Excellence

Faculty and staff members have roles in transforming UNT into a nationally prominent university. Share your ideas on how you can help UNT to own excellence, keep students on track and improve graduation education.

Mean Green Pride

Deadlines

No current Deadlines

UNT Calendar

Archives