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Contest Supports Phish Alert Button Use

GRAPHIC: Fighting Gator fishing in Lake Alice with "No Phishing Sign"

Last year, the Phish Alert Button was introduced in GatorMail to provide a simple way of sending suspected phishing emails to UF’s Information Security Office (ISO). More than 12,500 emails were reported via the Phish Alert Button since launch, allowing the ISO to investigate their origins. To encourage continued reporting of suspicious messages, UFIT is offering Amazon gift cards in June 2021 as part of its inaugural Phishing Tournament.

The goal of the tournament is to motivate students, faculty, and staff to take action against phishing. While most phish are blocked by UF’s security measures, some still reach UF inboxes. That’s why it’s important to check every unsolicited email before responding or clicking a link. Participating is more than just a fun way to practice identifying a phish–every email reported brings UF one step closer to a more secure campus.

The rules of the tournament are simple: report a suspected phish with the Phish Alert Button, and you’ll be automatically entered. Ten winners will be randomly selected to win a $25 Amazon gift card. UFIT will announce the winners at the end of each week on Twitter (@GoGatorsUFIT). Visit the UF Information Security Office’s website for more information on phishing. Go phish, Gators!