Cyber Security

Information Security: Identifying and Reporting Suspicious Activity

Technology Services has long encouraged users to be vigilant when it comes to information security, particularly regarding phishing attempts--“if it sounds too good to be true, that’s probably because it’s not true”. Phishing attempts often use urgency and/or authority to trick the user into giving them what they want (e.g., someone pretending to be a department head requesting a gift card be sent to them by end-of-day). It’s important to remember that phishing attacks can take many forms—whether it be via email, text, phone, or snail mail.

While phishing is a common issue that most people have seen before, there are many lesser-known security issues that can pose equal, if not more dangerous threats. Technology Services will begin highlighting a different aspect of these information security threats in our monthly newsletters.

If you notice any suspicious activity, whether related to campus accounts, systems, or data, please immediately report it to the Technology Helpdesk (, 715-394-8300 ). Remember, suspicious activity includes (but is not limited to) any of the following:

  • Phishing
  • Strange notices or pop-ups on your devices
  • Unusual changes to your applications or programs
  • Missing or lost university-owned devices
  • Missing or modified data
  • Compromised or accidentally shared passwords

If you see something, say something. Don’t hesitate to report or ask about something just because it’s probably legitimate--it’s better to err on the side of caution.

More on phishing…

UW System administers monthly phishing test to campus employees (including student employees). Employees who respond to three or more such campaigns in a year will be required to complete additional security training.

Also, please note that Technology Services will never ask you to disclose personal information such as your password, whether it be in person, on the phone, in emails, etc.

If you have questions regarding information security at UW-Superior, please contact the Technology Helpdesk (, 715-394-8300 ).