Note to staff from Cyber Security Team - Increase in Phishing emails

To all staff,

In recent days there has been a noticeable increase in the number and variety of phishing emails being sent to NICS staff.

Attackers may seek to use current topical news events such as COVID-19 (coronavirus) in an attempt to trick the recipient. Attackers while posing as trusted entities, are creating malicious emails or websites that appear to provide information about the virus, encouraging the victim to open the attachments or click the links within.

Staff are reminded to follow some simple rules when dealing with emails.

 

  • never click on any links or open any attachments on an email from an unknown sender
  • even if the sender is known, do not open any attachments or links that you were not expecting. If in any doubt contact the sender by phone to confirm the document is legitimate
  • look at the language in the mail, are there any strange words or phrasing?
  •  never use your work email address for personal business

If in any doubt about the safety of any email you receive, please send a copy to IT Assist to investigate: create a new email, address it to spam@nigov.net and then drag and drop the suspect mail from your outlook to this mail to add it as an attachment.

If you have clicked on a link received through a suspicious email and / or submitted account login details log a call immediately with the helpdesk on ext. 155.

If you have any questions in relation to Cyber Security, please email NICS.CyberSec@finance-ni.gov.uk

Regards,

The Cyber Security Team

NICS.CyberSec@finance-ni.gov.uk

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