Security Office’s Online Phishing Survey Tests Awareness

Posted: May 28, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Watson, director of VPIT/CIO communications

The Information Technology Unit Security Office continues its ongoing efforts to keep the Mason community safe in cyberspace. To increase awareness of the dangers of phishing attacks, the following message is being directed to all faculty and staff.

Everyone with an e-mail account has heard of or been hit by a phishing attack in one form or another. But phishing scams today are becoming increasingly more deceptive — luring us in with more sophisticated and clever ploys.

Could you recognize the classic signs of a phishing attack or are you just steps away from becoming a victim?

With phishing scams on the rise, the ITU Security Office has created a Phishing Survey to test your knowledge. This short, 10-question quiz was designed to increase awareness of common phishing practices, as well as provide valuable information that you can use to combat these dangerous e-mail attacks.

As an incentive to take the survey, Mason faculty and staff members who complete the survey have a chance to win one of 100 gift certificates to local area restaurants and stores. Winners will be selected from a random drawing of all participants at the end of the survey period.

The Phishing Survey is located on the ITU Security web site and will only be available through Friday, May 30. We hope you take a moment to complete this survey, as it could help keep you safe in cyberspace.

Phishing. Don’t Take the Bait!

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