Across the board, higher education continues to be a preferred target for cyber attackers. Phishing attacks continue to evolve and are increasingly sophisticated and convincing, making them much harder to spot at first glance and much easier to fall for. Cyber attackers also rely on tactics such as push harassment and push fatigue, sending a user multiple push notifications to get the user to approve a malicious access request and give the attacker access to login credentials.

Gaining access to a single ONID login account can have a measurable impact: it can give cyber attackers access to an individual’s data, including sensitive personal, financial and health information, and it can create a doorway for access to all of OSU’s institutional data. To protect the community and university, we must stay vigilant and minimize opportunities for attackers to infiltrate OSU’s cyber boundary so we can protect ourselves, the community, and the university.


Phishing is defined as the fraudulent practice of sending emails or other messages pretending to be from legitimate companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers.

Oregon State email addresses are a common target for Phishing emails. OIS has noticed an increase in the amount of phishing emails that members of the OSU community receive. If you suspect that an email may be a Phishing attempt, OIS recommends that you either report the email directly through your mailbox or report a phishing attempt through the homepage of the OIS website. This will allow our team to review the email and take further action. Thank you for helping to defend our cyber dam!



DUO is a Two-factor authenticator that adds a second layer of security to your online accounts. Verifying your identity using a second factor (like your phone or other mobile device) prevents anyone but you from logging in, even if they know your password.

For an overview of DUO check out "A Truly Universal Prompt" Linked here!

For detailed information, check out the official DUO guide here!