From our Partners at Knowbe4: This free course is being offered during Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
Take a look at this sample email of some Phishing Red Flags to be cautious about.
- Hover over the link. The link may not take you to the site the email content says it will.
- The email tells you to click a link or open an attachment.
- The is a sense of urgency to the email (Example: “Do the now”)
Phishing Awareness Tips
1. Make sure you read the full email address of the sender. If the email address looks suspicious, report it.
2. Hover over all URL links before clicking on them to make sure they are legitimate.
3. Any email with a URL or file attachment should be considered high risk.
In our uber-connected world, it seems like cybercriminals and malicious links creep around every corner. News stories of ransomware attacks and data breaches costing millions of dollars fly past our feeds almost constantly. We get it; it can be overwhelming. With so much information bombarding us, it can be hard to focus on the right actions to take to keep information secure. That’s why we’re recognizing Cybersecurity Awareness Month this October by sharing tips to stay cyber secure, both at work and at home. To turn away cyber attacks, a little knowledge teamed with critical thinking skills can go a long way!
Stay tuned to our blog site this month as we will be sharing weekly information provided by our InfoSec training service partner KnowBe4. The list below is what will be shared over the month of October.
- Free Interactive Course: Social Engineering Red Flags
- Free Interactive Course: Your Role: Internet Security and You
- Expert-led videos on pretexting and password management
infographics on avoiding social engineering and cybercrime
- Cybersecurity awareness tip sheets
Microsoft Defender for Office 365
Widener LIS will be enabling Microsoft Defender for Office 365 on June 1st for Widener email (Outlook). All links that are found in an email are scanned by Office 365 protection services to check for security threats.
If an link is found to be unsafe, the user will be alerted with an interface describing the issue. If encountered, please close the web page immediately and continue on with your day knowing you were protected. If you feel like this website has been categorized by mistake, please open a quickticket and we will investigate. Using the “continue anyway” link is never recommended without the explicit direction of a member of the ITS Information Security Team.
When a message contains a clickable image or text, the original address of the link will be replaced with a “safe link”. Safe links always contain the domain name “safelinks.protection.outlook.com/”.Safe links will show you the original URL when you hover over the link. Emails shown in plain text mode will show the full “safe link”.
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If you have any questions, please open a quickticket.widener.edu or call the HelpDesk at 610-499-1047 for further assistance.
Announcing the new ITS Service Catalog
Widener University Office of Information Technology Services is pleased to announce our first iteration of our Service Catalog. It serves as a new way to access and request information regarding ITS services.
How to Access the Service Catalog?
You can access the Service Catalog by searching on the myWidener portal or using the direct link to the Service Catalog at http://sites.widener.edu/service-catalog/.
What is a Service Catalog?
The Service Catalog provides an organized collection of services that are available to the Widener University community. The web-based Service Catalog offers one location to access information about ITS services, contacts, and resources. While this is currently not an extensive or all-inclusive list, we will continually add services to the catalog, as well as information about each service, such as: how to request a service and links to support information.
Why an IT Service Catalog?
You may be familiar with ITS services, but it can sometimes be difficult to know whom to contact for what. The Service Catalog was developed to:
- Provide one central source of information in a standard format.
- Enhance the understanding of what services ITS provides.
- Improve customer service by integrating with Helpdesk and support activities.
- Provide a regularly updated web presence for ITS services which are accurate, current, and contains timely information about new and changing services.
How does the Service Catalog Work?
The web-based Service Catalog is broken up by categories and then into services. It was designed as an easy way for customers to navigate the inventory of services. Each service includes a brief description of what is provided and to whom. Each may also include links to additional information. There is a search function to quickly locate specific services.
How do I provide feedback?
To provide comments and suggestions on our services and the Service Catalog itself, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are especially interested in how we can make the Service Catalog more useful to you!
We are excited to announce that Widener University now has a license with Hypothesis, a social annotation tool installed directly into Canvas. Adding Hypothesis to readings in Canvas supports student success by placing active discussion right on top of course readings, enabling students and teachers to add comments and start conversations in the margins of texts. This integration works seamlessly with Canvas modules, assignments, and the SpeedGrader!
If you would like to get started, below are some resources to implement Hypothesis in your Canvas courses:
Here are a few general Hypothesis resources, all of which could also be shared with students:
If you have any questions about our partnership with Hypothesis, please reach out!
Starting Thursday May 13th, all employee accounts will have Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) enforced for Microsoft 365 logins which includes Outlook, Teams, SharePoint, and OneDrive. To make this day a non-issue for you, we are encouraging you to configure your account prior to this date.
Setup your mobile phone device.
Choose your preferred MFA setup instructions from the options listed below under . Call 610-499-1047, option #3 to assist you at any time.
Once completed, your next Microsoft 365 login will prompt you for the MFA action you chose during device setup.
Note: You will not be prompted for MFA while connected to Widener’s Internet or Wi-Fi Network.
Setup instructions for your Phone for MFA :
• Frequently Asked Questions- FAQs
• iPhone App Setup (recommended)
• Android App Setup (recommended)
• Text Verification Non-App Setup
(Can be used by Flip Phones, iPhones, or Android.)
• “Call Me” Non-App Setup (No Mobile Phone )
Anytime you are interested in testing MFA on your account, select one of the optional links below for instruction.
• Test using Safari
• Test using Chrome
• Test using Firefox
Note: You will not be prompted for MFA while connected to Widener’s Internet or Wi-Fi Network while testing.
We would like to introduce you to the new Phish Alert Button (PAB). Using the PAB helps us keep the university safe. The PAB is automatically deployed to your Outlook Desktop ribbon and Outlook Web App email reading pane command bar. Use this to report any suspected phishing emails. Please select the button whenever you receive a suspicious or potentially dangerous email. Upon selecting the PAB, the email will be deleted from your inbox and forwarded to ITS.
Detailed screenshots of the Phish Alert Button are available here: http://sites.widener.edu/service-catalog/pab/
Thank you for helping to keep our organization safe from cyber-crime.
Office of Information Security
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If at any time you experience any issues with training, please submit a quickticket.widener.edu or call the HelpDesk for further assistance.