New Email Protection Service Begins August 15

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No More Spam

Many of Fordham’s faculty and staff have been asking for a better spam and phishing email filter. Beginning August 15, all faculty and staff will benefit from the new email filtering service provided by Proofpoint, a leading provider to many educational and corporate entities. Proofpoint complements the anti-spam services currently used in Fordham Gmail.

We have extensively tested Proofpoint’s ability to serve Fordham’s needs and have found it to be a great addition to our infrastructure. Proofpoint will lessen the amount of spam and malicious emails you receive and help you safeguard against becoming a victim of a hacking attempt. If attackers access your email account, they can use it as a gateway to gain access to your other systems.

How Does Proofpoint Work?

  • Proofpoint applies a score to emails in order to determine whether they are spam, phishing or other types of malicious email. When an email scores above a given threshold, it is identified as potential spam and is quarantined.
  • Quarantine Summaries are emailed daily, but ONLY if a message is quarantined.
  • Within the Quarantine Summary, you have the option to release the email and also perform other actions, such as marking a message “Not Spam,” and viewing the message in a safe environment.
  • In addition to the Quarantine Summary, you can view all messages Proofpoint has quarantined via a dedicated web console: https://spamfilter.fordham.edu:10020.

Stay Tuned for Even More Protection!
Proofpoint also offers protection against malicious links included in your email. This is called TAP, or Target Attack Protection, and will be added soon.

More Information about Proofpoint and Spam
Our website has more details about using Proofpoint, including a reference guide.
The IT Security News blog regularly posts news and alerts about spam and phishing scams.
If you have any questions or concerns, notice that your account has been sending out spam, or that you have clicked or replied to a suspicious email, please report it to IT Customer Care at 718-817-3999 or via HelpIT@fordham.edu

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