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How Higher Ed Uses Generative AI Security to Block Phishing, Ransomware, and BEC Attacks

University and college campuses are a favorite target for cybercriminals because higher education has large distracted populations, research facilities, various vendors, and multiple invoices. There is a million-dollar business impact when a breach occurs from these attacks. Harnessing the power of GenAI to stop phishing is on the minds of all CISOs. 


Hear from SlashNext and California Polytechnic State University ISO, Doug Lomsdalen, as they discuss the challenges of protecting a large university and how using generative AI protection is stopping BEC, payment scams, spear phishing, and other social engineering attacks.

Douglas Lomsdalen

ISO, California Polytechnic State University

Doug is the Information Security Officer (ISO) for Cal Poly’s Information Technology Services and has operational oversight of the campus Information Security Program. 


Lomsdalen was first introduced to cybersecurity during his 29-year career in the United States Air Force, first as an Intelligence Specialist and then as a Cyberspace Operations Officer. During his time in the Air Force, he held a wide variety of positions, including IT Director of the Warrior Preparation Center located in Germany. 

SVP, SlashNext

As SVP of Business Development, Barry brings more than 25 years of global business development experience to Slashnext. Most recently, he served as SVP of Global Channels for BlueJeans Networks.

State of Phishing Key Fact

Growth of Mobile Phishing

Mobile phishing is on the rise as it’s also the most unprotected of all communication channels and most threats on mobile start with SMS text. Threats are customized for mobile delivery but use familiar credential stealing, malware, and exploit tactics.


Phishing Continues to Grow

Email phishing has increased significantly since the launch of ChatGPT signaling a new era of cybercrime fueled by generative AI.

State of Phishing Key Facts
State of Phishing Key Facts

Hackers Are More Effective at BEC

The diversity and sophistication of BEC types have received a significant boost from the public availability of generative AI chatbots. 

Download the State of Phishing Report

A full and in-depth look at cybersecurity threat trends with insights including:

  • The top trends of 2023 in phishing and message-based attacks
  • How the rise of malicious chatbots and generative AI has and will continue to change everything
  • Trends and insights into the growing BEC threat landscape 
  • What’s required to stay protected in today’s threat landscape

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