New Phishing Defenses

Dateline Thursday, February 16, 2017:

On behalf of the ITS-Systems e-mail team I would like to share an update on their effort to move the campus e-mail defenses to the Cisco hosted platform so that we can properly leverage some much needed features.

ITS-Systems is in the process of adjusting some e-mail filtering workflow to better automate detection and notification.  This change will give the ITS-Systems e-mail team a chance to perform final testing of the new Cisco hosted platform and will help the university get there faster — forecast in the next 2-3 weeks.

Once this adjusted e-mail filtering workflow is in place, the following new tagged e-mail notification will exist:


As with the existing ‘SUSPECTED SPAM’ tagged messages, this tag will be prepended to the original subject line of the message.
It is possible that some recipients will receive a few more tagged messages than normal since the new filtering workflow will be a bit more aggressive.

The following resource has also been updated to include the new filtering tag in the event folks want to locally filter these e-mail to their respective spam or junk folder:

Once the move to the Cisco hosted service is complete, the campus should notice a positive reduction or neutering of phishing and malicious e-mails.

Please contact the ITS Service Desk if you have any questions or experience any issues with this new change.

Cam Beasley
Chief Information Security Officer
Information Security Office
The University of Texas at Austin