Protect Your Paycheck and Personal Information: Avoid Becoming a Victim of Phishing

With the start of the semester and the beginning of tax season Human Resources and the ITS security team would like to remind employees to be vigilant in protecting their information. This time of the year universities are often targeted with phishing attacks. Phishing is the fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords or other sensitive data by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an email or other form of communication. Phishing schemes can be used by attackers for a variety of things, including changing your paycheck direct deposit account and diverting your funds to the attacker’s bank account or filing tax returns on your behalf. To help employees recognize phishing scams ITS has developed this video: Phishing Awareness.

Please remember that all faculty and staff are responsible for not sharing their passwords or responding to scams such as phishing emails. Report any phishing email you receive by following the instructions on this ITS website.

Employees with questions about the legitimacy of an email may contact the ITS Solution Center at (928) 523-1511. If you think you have fallen victim to a phishing scam through NAU systems or email, contact the Solution Center immediately.