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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

September 30, 2014

Every October, the National Cyber Security Alliance hosts National Cyber Security Awareness Month to help people stay safe online. This year Wayne State C&IT is focusing on the dangers of phishing. Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites to obtain your personal and financial information to steal your money, your private data, your important information, and more. 

This October, C&IT is asking you to test your cyber security knowledge by taking a quiz designed specifically for the Wayne State community. The goal of this brief quiz is to help you recognize the warning signs in a phishing message. Heightened awareness helps protect you and all members of the Wayne State community!

Check your Wayne Connect inbox in early October for your personal invitation to the phishing survey! Every completed quiz will be automatically entered in a drawing to win one of two prizes. Students are eligible for a $100 gift card to Barnes & Noble. Employees are eligible for a Wayne State prize pack. Winners will be notified in early November. 

We will post tips and tricks to keep yourself safe weekly here on computing.wayne.edu. Visit throughout the month of October or follow us on Twitter @WayneStateCIT to keep posted! Here are a few important things to remember if you receive a suspicious email:

  • Wayne State will never request your username, password, or other personal information (ex. social security number) via email.
  • Check before you click! Phishing attempts might take you to a website designed to look like that of a bank or other service provider. Check to make sure the URL is correct before you enter any personal information.
  • Report them. You can drag and drop the suspected email on to the Phish Report Zimlet in Wayne Connect.

Security is a C&IT priority all year - find comprehensive security info anytime at security.wayne.edu.