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Federal Agencies Blocking Auto-Forwarded Emails

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Federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), recently updated their email security protocols. The update was mandated by the Department of Homeland Security to ensure the integrity and confidentiality of data, minimize spam, and better protect users who might fall victim to a phishing email that appears to come from a government agency.

The NSF email security protocol went live in October 2018. Since then, faculty and staff who forward their UF email to a Gmail account or other personal non-UF account risk missing important emails from the NSF and other agencies related to funding submissions and other research opportunities. The change in government email protocols serves as an excellent opportunity to remind everyone of UF’s electronic mail policy that states:

University of Florida business must be conducted using an assigned email address. UF electronic mail may not be automatically forwarded to a non-university provided or approved service.