Catch A Phish Cyber Security Month

Oct. 13, 2016

Dear faculty and staff,

October is National Cyber Security Awareness month, which is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. In honor of this, the UNT System Information Security team is hosting a phishing awareness campaign to help engage and educate our community by raising awareness about cybersecurity, and providing the tools and resources needed to stay safe online. Throughout the month of October, security training will be focusing on the potential dangers of phishing through our “Catch a Phish” awareness campaign.

What is Phishing?
Phishing emails are a form of fraud in which the attacker, posing as a trusted source, urgently requests employees to disclose personal and confidential information like account information, log-in IDs or passwords. Phishing is not the same as “spam.”

What is Spam?
Spam emails are a form of mass commercial messages advertising products or services. Typically individuals or companies send spam emails as a low cost advertising method to reach a large number of people with the hopes of getting some sort of response.




Phishing email is a specific type of email that tries to trick you into giving up your personal information, such as your login ID, password or credit card number Phishing messages usually have a threatening tone in an attempt to fool you into thinking there will be a consequence if you do not respond
Spam, or junk mail, is unsolicited email that tries to sell you the "latest and greatest" product or service Spammers send their messages to hundreds, thousands or even millions of email addresses at once and do not attempt to acquire sensitive information.

Catch a Phish awareness contest
Employees are encouraged (as always) to submit any recent phishing emails to the security email box at Any submissions sent during the month of October will be entered into our random drawing for a prize. Please submit any phishing email received to our information security inbox as an attachment at by Oct. 31 to be entered into the drawing. Winners will be directly notified.

Learn more about phishing, how to report a phish, and other various topics related to cybersecurity.