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Phishing Emails and You — Monthly Cyber Security Tips Newsletter

Phishing Emails and You

From the Desk of Desk of Thomas F. Duffy, Chair, MS-ISAC

Be Aware of Phishing Scams

First and foremost you should utilize a spam filter (this service is should be provided by your email provider), keep all of your systems patched and your anti-virus software up to date. The second line of defense against phishing is you. If you are vigilant, and watch for telltale signs of a phishing email, you can minimize your risk of falling for one. Telltale signs of a potential phishing email or message include messages from companies you don’t have accounts with, spelling mistakes, messages from the wrong email address (e.g. instead of, generic greetings (e.g. “Dear user” instead of your name), and unexpected messages with a sense of urgency designed to prompt you into responding quickly, without checking the facts. “Resume” and “Unpaid Invoice” are popular attachments used in phishing campaigns. Here are some scenarios you may encounter:Reserved: Social engineering refers to the methods attackers use to manipulate people into sharing sensitive information, or taking an action, such as downloading a file. Sometimes social engineers interact with the victim to persuade the victim to share details or perform an action, such as entering information into a login page.

  • An email appearing to be from the “fraud department” of a well-known company that asks you to verify your information because they suspect you may be a victim of identity theft.
  • An email that references a current event, such as a major data breach, with a malicious link to setup your “free credit reporting.”
  • An email claiming to be from a state lottery commission requests your banking information to deposit the “winnings” into your account.
  • An email with a link asking you to provide your login credentials to a website from which you receive legitimate services, such as a bank, credit card company, or even your employer.
  • A text message that asks you to call a number to confirm a “suspicious purchase” on your credit card. When you call, the operator will know your name and account information and ask you to confirm your ATM PIN. (This is a form of SMSishing – What should you do?)


  • Be suspicious of unsolicited emails, text messages, and phone callers. Use discretion when providing information to unsolicited phone callers, and never provide sensitive personal information via email.
  • If you want to verify a suspicious email, contact the organization directly with a known phone number. Do not call the number provided in the email. Or, have the company send you something through the US mail (which scammers won’t do).
  • Only open an email attachment if you are expecting it and know what it contains. Be cautious about container files, such as .zip files, as malicious content could be packed inside.
  • Visit websites by typing the address into the address bar. Do not follow links embedded in an unsolicited email.
  • Use discretion when posting personal information on social media. This information is a treasure-trove to spear phishers who will use it to feign trustworthiness.
  • Keep all of your software patched and up-to-date. Home users should have the auto update feature enabled.
  • Keep your antivirus software up-to-date to detect and disable malicious programs, such as spyware or backdoor Trojans, which may be included in phishing emails.

For More Information

The information provided in the Monthly Security Tips Newsletter is intended to increase the security awareness of an organization’s end users and to help them behave in a more secure manner within their work environment. While some of the tips may relate to maintaining a home computer, the increased awareness is intended to help improve the organization’s overall cyber security posture. This is especially critical if employees access their work network from their home computer. Organizations have permission and are encouraged to brand and redistribute this newsletter in whole for educational, non-commercial purposes.

Disclaimer: These links are provided because they have information that may be useful. The Center for Internet Security (CIS) does not warrant the accuracy of any information contained in the links and neither endorses nor intends to promote the advertising of the resources listed herein. The opinions and statements contained in such resources are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the opinions of CIS.

Center For Internet Security

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GIS Library Resident – University of Chicago (Chicago, IL) – Deadline March 31, 2016

GIS Library Resident – University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

The University of Chicago Library seeks applications for a two year residency position to provide GIS services at the Library. The position, which will be situated in the John Crerar Library (medicine, biological sciences and physical sciences), will be interdisciplinary and work with all subject areas on campus.

Working closely with the Science Librarians and the Bibliographer for Geography, Anthropology and Maps, the GIS Library Resident will assess the needs of faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and staff at the University working in GIS, develop and deliver geospatial technology training, assist users with information discovery and data curation, provide research support and information dissemination, assist with access to information and digitized material such as historical maps, as well as identify and use applications for the visualization of geospatial data. The Library Resident will create and foster partnerships across the campus.

The Residency Program
The University of Chicago Library’s 2-year residency program is open to recent graduates of accredited library and information science programs; certain positions may also be open to holders of other relevant advanced degrees.

Residents are expected to bring foundational knowledge and skills related to a developing area of library services or technology. They should have an understanding of and interest in academic research libraries, and the potential to develop expertise and share their knowledge with Library staff. The Library is looking for candidates who can meet a specific need and show promise of future leadership. Appointments for two or more positions will be based on the best alignment of candidates and Library priorities.

The University of Chicago Library is a centralized organization with a highly collaborative, energetic staff. Each Resident Librarian will report to the hiring manager for his or her position and work with staff members across the Library as part of the primary assignment. The Residents will have opportunities for professional development and committee appointments.

Required Qualifications
MLS or MLIS from an accredited school of library information science or an advanced subject degree in a relevant field; knowledge of GIS tools such as ArcGIS Online and desktop, Harvard WorldMap, GeoDa, QGIS; familiarity with metadata standards; demonstrated ability to communicate respectfully and effectively, and work well with colleagues and library patrons, individually and in groups; demonstrated ability to perform complex problem solving and decision making; demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate and implement projects; demonstrated strong commitment to professional development.

Preferred Qualifications
Experience in an academic environment; knowledge of scientific statistical methodologies; programming languages such as Python or PHP.

To apply for this position, visit
Applications received by March 31, 2016 will be assured consideration.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law.  For additional information please see the University’s Notice of Nondiscrimination. Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5671 or email with their request.

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NLM Zika Virus information updated.

NLM Zika Virus information updated.

nlmNLM Zika Virus Health Information Compendium of Resources


This compendium links to numerous sources of information on the outbreak, including:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • National Institutes of Health
  • World Health Organization and Pan American Health Organization
  • National Science Foundation
  • European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
  • Non-governmental organizations (AAP, ACOG, AMA, CIDRAP)
  • Free Resources from Publishers for Medical Responders

It was released in late January 2016 and is continuously updated.  The resources on this page may help with understanding the health issues related to the outbreak of Zika virus infection and the clusters of neurological disorders.

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