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RECOGNIZE, PROTECT, REACT to Information Security

Information security is a joint task of all employees, students and members of the University of Münster. See-Protect-React represents a three-step process of competencies designed to make information security more accessible in your daily work.

The See section provides information on potential threats, attackers' approaches, and the value of your information.

The Protect section provides you with concrete action instructions, step-by-step guides, and useful tips for implementing a secure way of working in your everyday workplace.

In the React section, you will find clues on how to recognize a security-critical incident, what to do in such a case, and who to contact immediately.

Checklists

Use our IT Security Checklist to implement the necessary IT security measures at your workplace step by step.

Use our Checklist: How to Detect Scam Emails to identify and protect yourself against phishing and other harmful emails.

Also, use our Emergency Card to ensure that if you can no longer access the Internet, you can still reach your responsible contacts.

Warning about current phishing e-mails

An increased amount of phishing e-mails is currently being sent to many members of the University of Münster. 

The observed e-mails have the subject "Re: Routine für die Lohn- und Gehaltsabrechnung der Mitarbeiter" and pretend to be from a "Margarita Hernandez" from the "Abteilung für Lohn- und Gehaltsrechnung" (payroll/salary department). Users are requested to check their salary payout but are instead forwarded to an external website which is controlled by the attackers to harvest their credentials.

Warning about current phishing e-mails

An increased amount of phishing e-mails is currently being sent to many members of the University of Münster. 

The phishing e-mails are sent out with the subject "Die Universität Münster hat Ihnen einen wichtigen Bescheid geschickt" and use the fake sender "Die Universität Münster-Portal". Various sender addresses have been observed, some from other universities. The content requests the accessing of supposed "Bescheiden" and contains a link to an external website that deceptively imitates the IT portal login.

Warning about the software update for the new Outlook version in 2024

The new Outlook version will replace the pre-installed e-mail program in Windows in 2024, and later also the classic Outlook from the Office package. The new version synchronizes data with the Microsoft Cloud when using IMAP or POP (Exchange is not affected), which means that e-mail content and passwords are transmitted to Microsoft.