Cyber Security Awareness Month is an internationally recognized campaign held each October to help build awareness about the importance of information security. The goal of the campaign is to help people be more secure online by being informed and knowing the simple steps they can take to protect themselves.
This year at SFU we’re focusing on phishing awareness. Phishing is an attempt to trick you into revealing confidential information. Usually the best way to catch phishing is to check where your information would go. If you’re asked to click on a link does it go where you expect? If you’re replying to an email does it go to an address that you know? Other common signs of phishing include:
- urgent language,
- grammar mistakes,
- insecure links (check the lock icon in the website address bar), and
- asking for your password.
Remember, departments within SFU, including IT Services, will never ask for passwords by email or telephone.
To help you identify phishing emails and stay safe online, we’ve developed a short course in Canvas. It should only take 5-10 minutes to complete and is open to anyone in the University community with an active SFU Computing ID. Take the course today!