National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) - Week # 1

National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) - Week # 1 - 2017-10-04

We are excited to kick off the first week of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). This week we are focusing on how to spot a phishing attempt.

Internet criminals and hackers often portray themselves as legitimate and trustworthy in order to gain your trust. We all share a responsibility to Stop, Think, before you Click.

Here are some clues to help you spot a phishing scam:

  • No one at NJIT will ever ask you for your password or to confirm your password;
  • Requests for your username and/or password – credible institutions and organizations will never request personal information via email;
  • Email address in “from” field does not match official company email address;
  • Time sensitive threats, such as “your account will be closed if you do not respond immediately”;
  • Spelling and grammar mistakes;
  • Vague or missing information in the “from” field or email signature;
  • “To” field contains multiple random email addresses or is alphabetized;
  • Impersonal or awkward greetings, such as “Dear Mr. account holder;”
  • Unexpected files or downloads;
  • Links that do not refer to the sender or sender’s organization;
  • Emails about accounts that you don’t have, such as eBay or PayPal, or banks that you do not have accounts with;
  • Emails that sound too good to be true;
  • Asks you to reply in order to continue, increase or “opt out” of a service;
  • Plays on human emotions to evoke sympathy, kindness, fear, worry, anxiety, or excitement.

 

Be sure to keep all these in mind when looking at an email that might be suspicious. Scammers are getting better every day and are sending more realistic looking emails.

Come visit us in the Campus Center on October 18th 10am-2pm with any questions regarding Cyber Security. Take a quiz for a chance to win a prize.

Visit http://ist.njit.edu/avoiding-phishing-scams/ for additional information and links to quizzes to test your phishing IQ. Here is a short video on how to spot phishing attempts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rs2Hk8dctDQ.

Cyber security is our shared responsibility, Always STOP, THINK before you click or respond to any type of electronic communication.

Get Ready - October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month - 2017-09-27

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a collaborative effort to raise awareness and ensure everyone has the resources needed to stay safe and secure online. NCSAM is spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

At NJIT, each of us has a responsibility to adopt cyber security best practices to safeguard both the university and our personal information resources. During the month of October, we will share information and provide some common sense steps to help you do just that!

Over the next few weeks you will see content shared in a variety of formats – posters on campus, NJIT social media, and a brief weekly email – highlighting a cyber security topic and some useful tips.

Cyber security is our shared responsibility, Always STOP, THINK before you click or respond to any type of electronic communication.

Last Updated: November 9, 2018