Securing the State

Identity Management Day 2022

The National Cybersecurity Alliance and the Identity Defined Security Alliance (IDSA), present ‘Identity Management Day,’ an annual awareness event which will take place on the second Tuesday in April each year. The 2nd annual Identity Management Day will be held on April 12, 2022.

What is Identity Management Day?

Launched in 2021, the mission of Identity Management Day is to educate business leaders and IT decision makers on the importance of identity management and key components including governance, identity-centric security best practices, processes, and technology, with a special focus on the dangers of not properly securing identities and access credentials.  In addition, the National Cybersecurity Alliance will provide guidance for consumers, to ensure that their online identities are protected through security awareness, best practices and readily-available technologies.

Research by the IDSA reveals that 79% of organizations have experienced an identity-related security breach in the last two years, and 99% believe their identity-related breaches were preventable. According to the 2020 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, as many as 81% of hacking-related breaches leverage weak, stolen, or otherwise compromised passwords.

As part of Identity Management Day, the National Cybersecurity Alliance and the IDSA,  will provide guidance for stakeholders at all levels, to ensure that identities of employees, machines, applications, and partners are protected through security awareness, best practices and readily-available technologies.

Learn more about the Identity Defined Security Alliance (IDSA) and Identity Management Day.


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.  If you are a state of Illinois employee who has received an email from DoIT, please click here for more instructions.

What is Cyber Security? Bee Safe!

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." Click here for cyber tips.

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.  Avoid being Phished!