Links and attachments will be scanned before being delivered.
To protect Duke account holders and the university’s network, as of June 1, 2016, OIT will enable a new email security product called Targeted Attack Protection (TAP) from the secuerity company, Proofpoint, to help protect against targeted email attacks and phishing attempts. It works two ways:
- URL defense – scans and rewrites all email urls, and blocks malicious links.
- Attachment defense – scans and blocks malicious attachments.
Most users will not notice any difference. However, all links will now be rewritten by Proofpoint. Once enabled, mousing over a URL will show an address beginning with: “urldefense/proofpoint…” indicating that Proofpoint has reviewed the link. It is still imperative that you continue to carefully choose what they click on.
If the link is malicious, users will see a notification in their browser like the following:
If you believe a URL has been blocked unnecessarily (false positive) or believe a fraudulent site has not been blocked (false negative), please contact the OIT Service Desk.