UW System begins phishing awareness program

The University of Wisconsin System Administration has begun a systemwide phishing awareness education program in which simulated phishing emails have been sent to all faculty and staff in the UW System.

The campaign’s email messages mimic real phishing threats. UWM recipients can simply report the simulated phishing email messages, as they should with all phishing email messages. If you are using Outlook on the web, you can mark an email as phishing via the dropdown menu. If you are using the Outlook desktop application, you can mark it as junk. Suspicious emails should be forwarded to abuse@uwm.edu so UWM’s Information Security Office can investigate further. For more specific instructions, please review our procedure for reporting phishing emails.

If a UWM recipient does inadvertently click on a link contained within a simulated phishing email message from UWSA, that UWM staff person will receive a general notification email from their new tool, Infosec IQ. The email message may also include educational content.

Phishing is a practice in which scammers send an email message to trick you into revealing personal information that can be used to commit fraud. The UWM IT Department has produced a video that outlines how to spot and report a phishing email.

For more info, contact the UWM Help Desk with any technology questions. More information on phishing and cybersecurity can be found on the UWM cybersecurity webpage.

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