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ITS Update - Office 365 and the Phishing Net

Posted: 10:32:11, Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014   Expiration: 10:32:11, Friday, Oct 31, 2014  

As the go-live date approaches for our conversion to Office 365, phishing attempts will increase. The best defense is a good offense. Following are things you can expect (and not) from ITS through and following the conversion:

All communications regarding ITS business, particularly the Office 365 Project, will be signed by an ITS staff member, usually Deb Meyer.  Each message will include appropriate contact information, such as campus phone number and e-mail address. 

Your UW-Platteville e-mail account will be migrated to Office 365 automatically.  ITS will not require you take any action to initiate conversion of your account. 

  • You will not be asked to verify your credentials. 
  • You will not be asked to upgrade your account. 
  • Any e-mail message that requests these or similar actions should be considered a phishing attempt and should be reported to the ITS Help Desk.
Copies of all official Office 365 project e-mails are posted to the project website and the campus e-mail landing page under "O365 Phishing Net" on the right.
Not sure what to look for in a message? Check out the ITS Knowledge Base for examples of recent phishing attempts and how to spot them.

And remember, ITS will never ask for your password in an e-mail… never, ever… SERIOUSLY!

Times of transition and change create vulnerability.  You are expecting communication about the project.  You want to be prepared for what is coming.  Criminals take advantage of the potential uncertainty by increasing their efforts and attempting to catch you off guard. By maintaining a healthy sense of paranoia, we keep our campus safe.

If you receive a suspicious message or if you believe you may have compromised your account, contact the ITS Help Desk immediately at 608.342.1400 or helpdesk@uwplatt.edu.

If you have questions regarding the Office 365 project, please send them to e-mail_calendaring_project@uwplatt.edu.

-- UW Platteville: Deb Meyer

Created: 10:56:43, Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014 (by Deb M.)
Updated: 10:56:43, Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014 (by Deb M.)