Protect Data From Phishing

April 07, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced schools, colleges, and universities to institute distance learning and move to a remote workforce model, making data security more essential. Now is a crucial time for institutions to provide training about ways to prevent data breaches including phishing.

The World Health Organization, FBI, and Secret Service, have issued warnings about coronavirus and phishing – a type of email attack in which scammers attempt to pose as a trustworthy entity in order to get confidential information for malicious reasons. This often occurs by scammers sending email messages with a forged sender address.

Among the strategies to prevent phishing:

  • Tell staff how to act if something seems suspicious. If they’ve received an email from a colleague that seems out of place, it’s best to contact that person to confirm the person sent the email.
  • Examine links closely. To trick people, sometimes phishers will register domain names that are similar to real domain names. One way that browsers and email software help is by showing the URL of the hyperlink when someone hovers the cursor over the link. These URLs can often be long and difficult to decipher, but it’s important to pay attention to the domain name. That’s a good indicator of where you’re headed.

K-12 schools and higher education institutions seeking to protect data should learn more about the Data Security program available from Canopy Programs. The online learning program provides a high-level overview of data security issues (such as phishing, malware, mobile devices and third-party websites, passwords, and physical security and unintended disclosures) and practical steps to avoid data breaches.

Canopy Programs Resources
K-12 Data Security
Higher Education Data Security

Additional Resource
Consumer Reports: How to Avoid Coronavirus Phishing Scams