Can you recognize a phishing e-mail?

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On October 26, 2023

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Missouri S&T’s information technology team thanks the campus community for participating in the activities during Cybersecurity Month.

With the rise in ransomware, which commonly uses phishing campaigns to gain unauthorized access to people’s computers, it has become especially important that we all become experts at accurately identifying phishing attempt e-mails. Some examples of recent ransomware attacks include:

The transition to Microsoft account management for all UM System campuses has allowed the S&T information technology security team to use phishing email simulations. The simulations generate a fake email message that can be sent to any number of individuals and that recipients should interpret as a phishing email. The simulator can also monitor the email to see how the recipients respond.  

In the coming months, S&T IT will send these simulations to the entire campus. We hope that the mandated cybersecurity training that was required to be completed by all staff and faculty by Sept. 8 will prove beneficial and help our campus respond appropriately to the phishing attempts.  

If you suspect that an email is a phishing attempt, even as a simulation, please report it by:

  • Creating an email to S&T IT Security at and attaching the suspicious email.
  • Selecting the Report Message icon in the message ribbon of the email to report the message to Microsoft.

Visit the Report Phishing Emails page for complete instructions.

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