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How Phishing Can Impact a University

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A University of Washington School of Medicine employee recently opened a malicious attachment embedded in an email. With a single click, more than 90,000 patient records were potentially exposed.

Faculty, students, administrators, instructors, and medical support staff are urged to be extra cautious when handling confidential data. This includes work time spent updating patient records, conducting research, and answering email.

Significant phishing scams appear each week, often disguised as emails from within UF. It’s up to all of us to make sure that attempts to penetrate university networks are unsuccessful. UF computing staff across campus work daily on identifying and preventing phishing and malware attacks. But technical and system vigilance is not enough: it takes an informed, cautious university community to ensure that UF data remains secure and protected.

Contact UF’s Information Security and Compliance team if you’d like a member of their staff to speak on how to prevent cyber attacks at your next department or unit staff meeting. To learn more about the proper way to work with restricted data, visit the UFIT website’s Policies page.