Securing the State

Governor JB Pritzker has Proclaimed October Cybersecurity Month in Illinois

Illinois has partnered with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to kick off 2020 Cybersecurity Month in Illinois. Since 2004, Cybersecurity Awareness Month has been a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure that all Americans have the information they need to stay safer and more secure online.  This year's National theme: 
"Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart."

Multi-Factor Authentication

State of Illinois employees will be asked to set up multi-factor authentication (MFA).  Each and every employee whose Office 365 account is eligible will be contacted with specific instructions.  What is MFA?

MFA is critical for the State of Illinois and the protection of the systems and data entrusted to us.  In a world where credential harvesting is a constant threat and over 80% of hacking-related breaches are caused by stolen or weak passwords, this kind of authentication solution is essential.  If you are a state of Illinois employee who has received an email from DoIT, please click here for more instructions. 

buzz.pngWhat is Cyber Security?

Cybersecurity is a frequently heard buzzword. It is defined in a variety of ways but the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defines Cybersecurity as:
"The body of technologies, processes and practices designed to protect networks, computers, programs and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access."

What is Phishing?

The term "Phishing" is not referring to an activity that involves a pole and a lake!  Phishing (pronounced fishing) is a type of deception or fraud that uses e-mail messages, websites or phone calls to dishonestly exploit sensitive information from you OR install malicious software on your computer.  Any time of year is "Phishing" season.  Explore:

  • The "Phishing Emails and You" newsletter
  • Flyers on Phishing and Smishing
  • The Ask a Hacker series of videos 

Avoid being Phished!