The Office of Information Technology Services (OITS) received many inquiries regarding a recent phishing communication that the College community received. The good news is that this communication was generated from OITS as an internal exercise in order to keep you more informed about phishing scams and make you more aware of identity threats that have become more prevalent. We hope that this exercise didn’t interrupt your daily activities.

There were certain key elements that should have triggered you to realize the communication you received was not a legitimate CSI email:

  1. The From field contained the email address ExchangeAdmin@CSI.CUNY.COM
    Take note of the address “”  the “.com” should have been a clear give away.
  2. The name of the College was incorrect in the salutation (CUNY Staten Island College)
  3. Once you clicked on the link, you were brought to a page that had no CSI branding

OITS hopes that you found this exercise helpful. Please be cautious whenever you enter personal identifiable information. Because of our busy lives and the flood of emails we receive, it is very easy to fall into the phishing trap. Please be aware of the communications that you receive and if you are not sure of its legitimacy, contact the HelpDesk immediately at 718.982.HELP or