Phishing is a social engineering technique whereby hackers send authentic-looking emails to a user in order to persuade the user to share valuable information, generally for use in identity theft or other fraud. Many phishing emails appear to be from financial institutions, online retailers, shipping companies or government agencies. They will typically say there is an urgent problem with your account, and require an immediate response by clicking on an included link. Report new phishing emails to the UNK Security Team. To see phishing emails that have been reported, click here.
Legitimate companies should never ask you to provide confidential information via email.
If you are not 100% sure an email is legitimate, do not click on any links in the email. Instead:
The UNK Security Team will be taking a new approach to improving security awareness. This new approach will involve periodically sending “phishing” email to Faculty and Staff. If individuals respond to the messages they will receive additional awareness information. The UNK Security Team will not share responses from individual employees with anyone else. Nothing will be shared except aggregated statistics about response rates. The intent is to increase awareness and improve future security awareness efforts.
Please contact the UNK Security Team if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you!