Annual Increase in Phishing in Spring

For the last six years, Concordia St. Paul has been tracking the number of phishing emails the university receives. Annually the university has seen an increase in phishing emails from March 1 through April 15. Here are a few tips on handling phishing emails.

  1. Check the email address from which the email is coming. There will be times you might receive what looks like an email from a CSP colleague, yet the “from” address is not a email address.
  2. Stay clear of unsolicited attachments. If the email contains an attachment that you didn’t request, think twice before opening that attachment.
  3. Never reply to an email asking for PII (personally identifiable information) or asking you to provide money/gift cards.
  4. Check the signature line. If the email is from a CSP employee, you should notice the approved CSP signature line.
  5. If you see anything suspicious, let the IT department know so they can investigate the e-mail and the number of people who might have received the e-mail.
Following these simple reminders will help reduce the risk to CSP and to you. You are an important part of the university’s cybersecurity efforts.

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