UK students ‘at risk of scams as top universities fail to block fake emails’

According to a report by cybersecurity firm Proofpoint, Britain’s top 20 universities were not using any inbuilt software to protect their students from falling trap to fraudulent emails. The Mirror reports.

65 per cent of universities in the top 20 ranking were not using any form of an industry-recommended email authentication tool, the research claimed. This could easily allow cyber criminals to imitate university emails and steal students’ personal data.

Only one out of Britain’s top 20 universities were found to be using the recommended DMARC protection tool, research has found.

Proofpoint’s vice president of threat operations Kevin Epstein encouraged students to be cautious of any requests to log-in when opening emails, or threats to suspend a service or account if a link is not clicked, especially during the A-level results day period.

“Ahead of A-Level results day, student applicants must be vigilant in checking the validity of all emails, especially on a day when guards are down, and attentions are focused on their future.”

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