Guidance for Third Parties Sending Email Using an SMU Address

Checked Email iconSMU now requires authorization for campus partners who wish to send emails impersonating an smu.edu domain. This requirement helps us prevent malicious senders from spoofing SMU addresses while attempting to send phishing emails or malware to our campus or outside entities.

Due to recent changes, some senders may be encountering delivery issues that did not occur previously. It is likely that previously unauthorized senders’ messages are now being Continue reading Guidance for Third Parties Sending Email Using an SMU Address

Microsoft Defender to Begin Filtering Spam This Summer

Microsoft Defender logo.As one of the final steps in our cloud email migration project, OIT will soon retire our legacy Cisco IronPort spam filtering and replace it with Microsoft’s Defender spam filtering service. While providing better real-time spam filtering and detection using artificial intelligence, this transition also means new ways of managing your spam quarantine. Keep reading to find out more! Continue reading Microsoft Defender to Begin Filtering Spam This Summer

Phishing Email Simulations Return After Hiatus

AnitPhish (Anti-Phishing Campaign)Phishing attempts—those pesky emails that try to lure you into revealing personal info like passwords and financial information—are constantly evolving to thwart the University’s effort to stop them. While users only receive a small percentage of these emails in their inboxes, it takes one wrong click to start off a chain of new attempts.

For several years, SMU has worked to make our community more aware of these phishing attempts by sending simulated phishing emails. While we all have had to pivot and change our routines over the past couple of years, it was decided it was best not to add one more thing to everyone’s plate, so we took a break from the simulation. Yet, with the recent influx of successful phishing messages, the OIT Information Security Team will relaunch the simulated phishing email campaign in the coming weeks. Continue reading Phishing Email Simulations Return After Hiatus

Anatomy of a Phish: What to Watch Out For

AnitPhish (Anti-Phishing Campaign)On Monday, October 3, a phishing email was circulated to a large number of SMU accounts.  This one was extremely well crafted and more difficult to ascertain the validity than many we have seen. We thought it would be a good idea to highlight some of the potential flags in the email that should raise suspicion. Continue reading Anatomy of a Phish: What to Watch Out For

SMU’s Spam Filter Receiving Upgrades for Intelligent Protection

No SPAM or phishing emailThe Cisco IronPort spam filter that prevents the vast majority of malicious email messages from ever reaching your SMU mailbox is about to get some serious upgrades. These upgrades bring new features that make it even harder for spam to get through and easier for you to identify the few messages that slip through. Let’s go over what these new features will do when they are rolled out January 12, 2020. Continue reading SMU’s Spam Filter Receiving Upgrades for Intelligent Protection