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Fight the phish this month

Phishing is the number one gateway to cyber-attacks, including ransomware, so practice fighting the phish this Cybersecuritry Awareness Month. Register now for the Find the Phish - Phishing Tournament to prove your sleuthing skills.

TWU's first phishing tournament takes place Oct. 11-15. Participating TWU faculty, staff and students will receive various authorized, simulated phishing emails from TWU Information Security and the SANS Security Awareness Platform.

Prizes include:

  • 1st place - Apple AirPods with TWU case
  • 2nd place - Apple AirTag
  • 3rd place - TWU branded power bank

Register now. Registration deadline is this week at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 8.

According to the FBI, phishing was the most common type of cybercrime last year, with the bureau receiving 241,342 complaints in 2020. Phishing is prolific because it is cheap and easy for cybercriminals to scale. 

Be wary of emails, text messages or chat boxes that come from a stranger or someone you were not expecting. Other common red flags include: 

  • Misspellings or grammar mistakes
  • Awkward or unusual formatting
  • Language that creates a sense of urgency or pressure to click a link or download an attachment

As always, do not hesitate to report a suspected phishing attempt. Contact the TWU Service Desk at 940-898-3971, servicedesk@twu.edu, or techchat.twu.edu.

For more Cybersecurity Awareness Month information and event details, visit the TWU Cybersecurity Awareness Month website