Dear Piedmont Faculty and Staff,
As one of the foundational pieces in Piedmont College's Data Security Program, we are introducing our End-User Phish Training and Testing Program. The Phishing program is designed to help you become cognizant of data security, what cybercrime is, and how you can do your part to help us keep our data secure.
I hope you will agree that safeguarding the College’s assets is a worthwhile objective. For all of us, one of the most critical assets we can protect is the information that is entrusted to us by prospective and current students, alumni, and all the College employees. Learning how not to be prey to data thieves is not something we want to leave to chance or to a “learn by doing” approach. If you don’t think this is important, let me pose this thought: Our economic livelihood is based on a service. We neither manufacture nor produce any tangible goods. The service we offer is supported by the massive amounts of data (information about people) we collect and process. If this support structure is compromised, how big of an impact will that be to our offered service? What could that do to our source of income?
Attached with this email are two documents:
- A Phishing 101 graphic: This pdf overviews the 7 parts of an email that can (and should) be visually scanned prior to opening an attachment or clicking a link.
- The approved Phish Training and Testing Policy.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, Mat Fried, or our CIO, Bryan Blount.