Does President Ryken URGENTLY need your help NOW? (No!)

Posted March 20, 2019 by Academic and Institutional Technology
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Does President Ryken URGENTLY need your help NOW?  (No!)

Effective Date: March 20. 2019

You have likely seen several phishing emails in the last few months that are purporting to be from President Ryken.  Even a simple one that starts with “Are you there?” can lead to an exchange with a nefarious person masquerading as President Ryken who asks you to buy him some gift cards since he needs them right now and there’s no one else available who can do it.

Hopefully you can recognize these phishing emails when they come, but statistics here at Wheaton College show that as a whole we’re still falling for far too many of these emails.  That’s why the College has prioritized mandatory online cybersecurity training for all employees each year.  This is important because it helps you to become more aware of these schemes.  The nefarious people are getting worse (more and more clever), thereby increasing the chances that we will fall for their tricks.  We want to protect you, protect our campus data, and protect the reputation of Wheaton College.   

Keep an eye out for the next phishing exercise coming out soon and be ready to set aside some time for the cybersecurity training in late March.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Academic and Institutional Technology at 630.752.4357 (HELP) or by email at