University of Delaware IT has partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to test the security of UD’s IT infrastructure and the awareness of its employees.

As part of the DHS tests, a simulated phishing attack was launched against UD accounts. Three test phishing emails were distributed at random to 7,300 full-time and part-time employees to gauge preparedness for phishing threats.

DHS and the University did not track which individuals clicked links in the test phishing messages. However, aggregate data revealed that approximately 25 percent of those who received a test phishing email clicked a suspicious link.

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