October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a nationwide collaboration between government and industry to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and help provide the resources we all need to be safer and more secure online. Learn more here.
FIT is Cybersafe is FIT’s campaign for cybersecurity for our community.
Cyberattacks, identity theft, and online scams are all over the news lately. A school might not seem like a likely target, but colleges, along with other institutions, are increasingly in the cross-hairs of global cybercriminals. College databases hold a lot of personal information about students and employees that can be valuable to hackers.
Many attacks against institutions like FIT succeed because of something a community member did (clicking on something they shouldn’t) or didn’t do (use a strong password). That’s why we’re starting a campaign to make everyone aware of what they can do to stay cybersafe. We’ll provide tips, training, and online resources and members of our security team will be at campus events to promote awareness and answer questions. And remember the same practices that protect you at FIT protect you at home.
Be aware—and Be Cybersafe!
We received a report of an FIT alumnus who received a text message from someone pretending to a high level executive at FIT. We want to alert you of the dangers of smishing (text message phishing) and to remind you that official college communication is never sent in the form of a text message.“SMS” phishing […]
We have received reports of some FIT employees receiving emails with blank subject lines or one character subject lines with no content in the body of the email. Cybersecurity researchers have reported that blank, unsolicited emails are often an early sign of a potential future phishing attack. Cyber gangs will often put feelers out to […]
What happened?Over the weekend and this morning, FIT (and many of our peer SUNY campuses) received emails from several senders all purporting to represent the IRS, with a subject line of “Recalculating Your Tax Refund Payment.” The emails contained a click button that brings users to a site that looks like an IRS.gov site, but […]
Review Past Threats
Cybercriminals often reuse or create a variation of past scams, read through our threat archives to learn more about how to stay Cybersafe.
Where in the world is attacking FIT?
The map shows countries from which we have seen and blocked actual cyberattacks aimed at FIT. We’ll keep it updated as we discover more. As you can see, cybercrimes are a world-wide problem.