Fight the phish this Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Published: October 13, 2023 Author: Staff reports

Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a timely reminder that learning the best ways to fight phishing is crucial.

Phishing is a type of social engineering attack that is often used to steal personal information.

Cybercriminals usually do this by crafting emails that appear to be from a reputable company or individual that ask for your information. Once you submit your information, the cybercriminal uses it for their own gains.

There is no concrete way to prevent phishing attacks, so awareness and knowledge are our strongest lines of defense. Here at Ohio University, we want to arm our community with helpful resources to help identify phishing messages and prevent our community from falling victim to scams. Check out the Office of Information Technology’s tips for recognizing and reporting phishing and learn how to fight the phish.

Once you are armed with the skills to effectively recognize phishing messages, be sure to check out the Phishbowl, a tool created by the Information Security Office to provide the university community with information about active phishing campaigns impacting OHIO or to validate that messages that may appear to be phishing are in fact legitimate.

Stay connected this month by visiting the Cybersecurity Awareness Month webpage or following OIT on Twitter. Don’t forget to test your cybersecurity skills by competing in CyberMania and helping us show Miami that Bobcats are #CyberSmart.