Protecting Utica College information is the responsibility of all Utica College employees. Information Security at Utica College is here to help departments and individuals meet or exceed the legal requirements of protecting College information in paper and electronic formats.
Check back often for warnings, announcements, training opportunities, and videos.
Email attachments, bad links, sharing personal information via email. Watch this video for tips on protecting yourself and College information.
Staying Safe Online
High: Alerts labeled as High, also represented with Orange Bars, include threats that are actively affecting or have a high likely hood of affecting the Utica College services and its users, on and off the Utica College network. This may also include unplanned maintenance events.
Medium: Alerts labeled as Medium, also represented by Blue Bars, include threats that have been identified, but have not yet been confirmed with a high likelihood to affect the Utica College network and its users.
Announcement: Alerts labeled as Announcements, also represented by Grey bars, may include planned training events, service outages, maintenance events, and other notices that apply to users, groups, or the campus as a whole.
High | 04/20/2018
Targeted Email Messages
Targeted attacks, called spear phishing, are created with precision and are sent to specific users that may help the scammer reach their goal of obtaining money, personal information, or other resources.
A typical scenario involves an email, usually appearing to come from the President, a Vice President, Dean or supervisor asking if the individual is available to help send resources such as money, credit/gift card numbers, via email, bank or a wire transfer. These messages appear to come from a trusted sender, but you should check the email address carefully. When you hit reply, does it still appear as a Utica College email address?
Here are some steps you should take:
• When responding to messages, make sure the reply to address is the same as the address of the person sending the message. When in doubt, click forward, not reply. • If the request is out of character, call the person making the request from a known working number • Never send credit card, debit card or gift card numbers via email • Never send personal information such as usernames, passwords or social security numbers via email. Report these frauds to the Director of Information Security at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No alerts have been reported at this time
If you are experiencing problems, you can contact the Technology Support Center in one of the following ways: