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Illinois Institute of Technology cares about the security of its students, faculty, and staff and their data. In the fall of 2021, as part of its cybersecurity initiative, the university established a new department within the Office of Technology Services (OTS), namely, Cyber-Tech Security (CTS). One of the goals of CTS is to establish a culture of cybersecurity at Illinois Tech.

We invite you to learn more about the various security initiatives as we continue to enhance the Cybersecurity pages of our website.

OTS Security Initiatives

Identity and Access Management (POWERED BY Okta)

Cybersecurity Awareness Training

To help create a culture of cybersecurity at Illinois Tech and combat phishing, all students, faculty, and staff will participate in annual, mandatory, online, security-awareness training.  

Beginning Friday, July 29, 2022, you will receive an email from  This email has a safe-to-click-on link to KnowBe4, OTS’s security-training partner, and the four, initial, security-awareness training modules that you will need to take. 

This training will take approximately one hour (in total) to complete.

You will have one month to complete the training, i.e., until August 26, 2022.  Please complete the training before this window closes. 

What is Phishing and what can I do to help?

“Phishing” is a type of cybercrime in which hackers try to gain access to sensitive information, such as usernames and/or passwords, by pretending to be a person or organization the user trusts. Hackers are improving their deception methods by including links or attachments in emails. 

If you believe you have received a suspicious email, please don't open it and don't open any  attachments or click on any links.  Instead, we ask you to say something by either using the Phish Alert Button (PAB) in  Gmail (web client only) - the preferred method - or, for now, forwarding the phishing message in Outlook as an attachment to, and taking the steps outlined here.     

By reporting the suspected email, you are raising the level of cybersecurity awareness in our community.  The email can be analyzed and flagged in our system as a phishing attempt, if applicable. 

Please do your part.  Cybersecurity is OUR COLLECTIVE responsibility.