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IT Security

Most IT security threats will be blocked before they ever reach you, but it's important to be aware of the ways malware, phishing and other methods of data theft can compromise your system.

Here are some common types of threats we've seen in our environment, and some tips on how to avoid them.

Email scams

Email scams or 'Phishing', is where attackers will try to obtain your personal information, usually your username and passwords.

They are most often fake emails from recognisable companies, with links to sites that will capture your credentials if you enter them. 

Recently ANU Wattle users, have been specifically targeted in this manner.

If you receive one of these emails:

  • don't follow any links or reply to the email
  • if you are unsure, forward the message as an attachment to servicedesk@anu.edu.au
  • if you are sure, forward the suspicious email as an attachment directly to spam@anu.edu.au. This will help them block further attempts.
  • delete

Malware (viruses, adware, ransomeware etc)

Sophos should take care of most known viruses.

  • if Sophos on your desktop isn't updating, or informs you that it's placed a file in quarantine, contact servicedesk@anu.edu.au

New variants may get through before the Anti-virus software can learn about them, so use caution when opening emails from unexpected parties.

Watch out for:

  • generic or vague titles in email and attachments. e.g. invoice.zip, resume.zip
  • emails compelling you to act fast and click on a link or attachment

Be careful even if you know the sender. They may already be infected.

If you receive a suspicious email

Not just emails

Please also be aware that there are many other ways for attackers to obtain your personal information. They can cold call you on your phone pretending to be from an airline or the ATO, steal your information through an outdated browser or you may unwittingly install it yourself when downloading software from the internet.

Useful Links

ANU ITS Security

Scamwatch (ACCC)

Stay smart online

Australian Tax Office Online Security

Updated:   7 June 2019 / Responsible Officer:  CBE Communications and Outreach / Page Contact:  College Web Team