CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
MARCH 16, 2016
Protecting Private Information
Every week, individuals and companies of all size lose private
information. Scammers too often succeed in having employees provide
personal and financial information including Social Security numbers
through email requests that look like they come from company executives.
An employee with the data storage company Seagate was recently tricked
by a disguised email request, leaking W-2 information for "several
Information leaks of this kind are completely avoidable.
When you get a request for private information: please contact the individual or office making the request to confirm that it is valid. Anyone dealing with private employee information will understand your need to confirm such a request.
If the request is confirmed: work with your department IT to ensure its secure delivery.
If the requester is suspicious or cannot be not confirmed: Forward the imitation email to campus IT Security at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cybersecurity Awareness Alert is delivered to faculty, students, and
staff of UC San Diego as part of an effort to increase community
awareness of current issues in information and identity security and to
provide guidance for the prevention of information loss. For more about
information security at UC San Diego, visit
The Cybersecurity Awareness Alert is produced by UC San Diego IT Services Security.