Fight the phish- Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Phishing attacks and scams have thrived since the COVID pandemic began in 2020. Today, phishing attacks account for more than 80 percent of reported security incidents. 

Week 2 of Cybersecurity Awareness Month will stress the importance of being wary of emails, text messages or chat boxes that come from a stranger or someone you were not expecting. Think before you click on any suspicious emails, links or attachments and make sure to report any suspicious emails if you can!

Cybersecurity Tip: Think Before You Click.  If you receive an enticing offer via email or text, don’t be so quick to reply or click on any links.  Instead, go directly to the company’s website to verify it is legitimate.  If you’re unsure who an email is from—even if the details appear accurate—or if the email looks “phishy,” do not respond and do not click on any links or open any attachments found in the email as they may be infected with malware.  

Did you know?

  • Universities are at the top of the list of industries most vulnerable to cyber-attacks. (Moody’s Investors Service)
  • 63 precent of people find connected devices ‘creepy’ in the way they collect data about people and their behaviors. (Consumers International & Internet Society)
  • Malware increased by 358 percent in 2020. (Help Net Security)
  • According to the FBI, phishing was the most common type of cybercrime in 2020, with the bureau receiving 241,342 complaints in 2020. (FBI).
  • Phishing attacks account for more than 80 percent of reported security incidents. (Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report)