Protecting Campus from Malware with Machine Learning

CylanceCylancePROTECT was introduced to the SMU campus in 2016 as a way to further secure SMU systems against viruses and malware. As the University became regularly inundated with malicious files, employees could not be expected to keep up with the volume and complexity of these new threats. As the threats evolved, so did our method of protection – machine learning. Continue reading Protecting Campus from Malware with Machine Learning

New Safeguards Against Phishing On The Way

AnitPhish (Anti-Phishing Campaign)Over the last few weeks, phishing attempts have increased significantly against SMU e-mail addresses. This is a trend that is being seen at universities around the world, and OIT has been working on solutions to try and prevent accounts from being compromised. Starting this week, there will now be one more way that phishing attempts may be thwarted. Continue reading New Safeguards Against Phishing On The Way

Important notice about the recent increase in phishing attempts

AnitPhish (Anti-Phishing Campaign)Over the past several weeks, there has been a significant increase in phishing attempts targeting SMU email addresses. In many of these cases, the messages masquerade as important documents requiring your attention either via Concur, DocuSign, or Adobe. Before you click on the link or open the attachment, here are some recommendations to help determine if the email is legitimate or a phishing attempt: Continue reading Important notice about the recent increase in phishing attempts

Phishing Alert: Protect Yourself!

In the past two days, two widespread phishing e-mails have been arriving in mailboxes across campus. Make sure to protect yourself and your data and NEVER open any links or attachments in these emails! Below are examples of the reported phishing messages:Phishing Attempt Example 1

Phishing Message Example 2

 

If you received either of these messages, delete them immediately! If you clicked on any of the links or attachments within the messages, reset your password immediately and call the IT Help Desk at 214-768-4357.

Do You Know How to Spot A Phish?

AnitPhish (Anti-Phishing Campaign)Phishing is a method of identity theft which requests confidential information such as usernames, account numbers, passwords, etc. by masquerading as a legitimate, trusted company.  This term typically refers to attempts through email.  However, this same type of attack can occur in person (social engineering) or over the phone (farming).

Phishing emails have become very sophisticated.  It used to be that they were so poorly written that you could just rely on really bad grammar or spelling errors to determine their legitimacy.  That is no longer the case.  The emails can appear to come from trusted addresses and cleverly designed with graphics, disclaimers, etc.  So how can you determine if an email is legitimate?

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