In any given month, ETSU may delete more than 30,000 phishing emails.
Phishing emails come in every day to ETSU and universities across the globe. If just ONE person clicks on a bad link and shares their credentials, there is the potential for sensitive information on all ETSU faculty, staff and students to be compromised or stolen. This is costly for each individual and for the university.
Hackers are not only looking for personal information such as social security numbers and tax information, but also want research data.
In March of 2018, the FBI reported that in an attacked that targeted more than 300 universities, around 8000 professors email accounts were compromised. Academic data and intellectual property were stolen across all fields of research including science, technology, engineering, social sciences and medicine. This is equivalent to eight billion double-sided pages of text. (http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20180327132912436)
2-Step Verification can help keep bad guys out, even if they get your username and password through a phishing attempt.