Learn how to spot a phishing email attack

ITMS is constantly looking to improve DMU’s technical defences and currently blocks the vast majority of suspicious emails targeting our students and staff. However, some malicious emails can make it through even the most sophisticated cyber-defences, so everyone needs to be vigilant and look out for the tell-tale signs that an email isn't genuine.

Phishing emails, which aim to extract confidential information, are linked to more successful data breaches than any other form of cyberattack.

Scam emails claim to be from legitimate organisations and will often come with an attachment which could potentially download malicious software onto your device or a weblink that leads to a fake website that aims to steal sensitive personal information such as passwords or banking details. Malicious software – malware, for short – could allow cybercriminals to take control of your device, record what you type or access your personal information and financial data.

DMU (or any other reputable company) will never ask you to respond to an email with your username, password or other information such as bank account details. Never reply to these emails.

Please see this guide: Phishing scams and how to avoid them.