Cyber Security Awareness Month October 2022

12 Oct, 2022

Dear Colleagues,

As you may be aware, October is Global Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

As part of this public awareness campaign, Technology Services will focus on educating TU Dublin staff and students on cyber threats and how to proactively protect yourself against hackers, identity thieves, scammers, and online criminals.

This week, we are focusing on Phishing Awareness & Prevention

What is Phishing?

Phishing is a type of social engineering attack often used to steal user data, including login credentials and credit card numbers. It occurs when an attacker, masquerading as a trusted entity, dupes a victim into opening an email, instant message, or text message. The recipient is then tricked into clicking a malicious link, which can lead to the installation of malware, the freezing of the system as part of a ransomware attack or the revealing of sensitive information.

Roughly 15 billion spam emails make their way across the internet every day, which means that spam filters are “working overtime” and are liable to permit malicious phishing attack emails to slip through.

Roughly 90% of data breaches occur on account of phishing.

Think before you click

This cybersecurity quick guidance document on phishing has been produced by the NCSC to help you to avoid being phished, spotting the giveaway signs of phishing e-mails, and what to do if you think you’ve already clicked the attackers bait.

This guide contains the top 6 tips that will help you detect a malicious email, which can be seen below.

https://www.ncsc.gov.ie/pdfs/NCSC_Quick_Guide_Phishing.pdf

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Technology Services would encourage all staff to be vigilant when they receive any type of emails requesting users to provide details, click on a link or open an attachment.  If in doubt, contact the sender by a different method, such as a phone call, to confirm this.

Regards,

Technology Services