Phishing Awareness Program for Students

October 7, 2019

by UNH IT Staff

Greetings-

It seems like every time you read the news, another company has suffered a data breach. UNH's new Online/Digital Safety Program seeks to empower the UNH student community to practice good cyber hygiene and avoid becoming the victim of a cyberattack. As part of this new program, UNH is expanded the existing Phishing Awareness Program to include all active students.

Why Does Phishing Awareness Matter?

One of the most effective ways for attackers to gain unauthorized access to an organization, like the University, is through phishing emails. The best way to prevent phishing attacks is to empower individuals with the knowledge and training needed to identify phishing emails and handle them safely. 
 

If a phishing email lands in one of our inboxes, we're just a click away from compromising our personal information or UNH's security. Everyone in the UNH community, including you, is integral to keeping UNH secure.

What Does the Program Entail?

With the expansion of this program, you will periodically receive simulated phishing emails that imitate real attacks. These emails are designed to give you a realistic experience in a safe and controlled environment. This method allows you to become familiar with and more resilient to tactics used in real phishing attacks.

While there is no penalty to falling for one of the simulations, we do ask that you take 30 – 60 seconds to read and understand the brief education material that follows.

As the program progresses, you should be able to better spot phishing attacks, both at home and in the workplace.

What to Do If You Receive a Simulated or Real Phishing Email

Although your first instinct might be to delete or ignore suspicious emails, we ask that you report them to the Information Security Services (ISS) team. If a phisher targets you, chances are your classmates and others in the UNH community have been too. You can help make the entire University safer by reporting suspicious emails. 

To report an email as phishing, forward the email to phishing.report@unh.edu or click the "Report Phish" button in the email toolbar if it is available to you.

You can also check The Phishbowl (https://www.unh.edu/it/the-phishbowl), a self-service method hosted by UNH, which allows you to see if someone reported an email as phishing. 

Thank you for your time. If you have any questions about this training program, please contact:

Information Security Services (ISS) at IT.Security@unh.edu

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