Security, Cybersecurity Training and Awareness Overview

The University of Illinois offers cybersecurity training and awareness to all employees and students to help the university community learn good cyber-safety habits and stay safer online.

The University of Illinois offers cybersecurity training and awareness to all employees and students to help the university community learn good cyber-safety habits and stay safer online. Training is available at (log in required).

We all face cybersecurity threats at work and at home. Cybersecurity training helps you identify and understand threats and familiarize yourself with actions you can take.

The current program provides ongoing cybersecurity training for all users that is based on current cybersecurity threats that you might face at work and at home. As the program develops further, we hope to offer useful and meaningful training tailored to the work you do and your specific needs, such as travel or mobile device security. We appreciate any feedback about current training options and welcome suggestions regarding future offerings. Please contact


Why is cybersecurity important?

Cybersecurity affects you, whether you use a computer, a tablet, or a smartphone (or all) in your work or personal life. Cybersecurity is about keeping your technology safe, including networks, data, programs, and devices. Cybersecurity helps to protect your data and your devices, like a lock on the front door protects your home.

Am I required to take cybersecurity training? Who is required to take cybersecurity training?

  • University of Illinois System: Required for System Office employees (excluding Extra Help employees).
  • University of Illinois Springfield and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Cybersecurity training is optional but strongly encouraged.

How often do I have to take cybersecurity training?

Required training occurs quarterly (every three months). Each training opportunity will feature a new topic and different training. It should take about 20 minutes to complete, and you’ll have three months to complete it.

Why is training more than once a year?

Cyber criminals are constantly changing their tactics. Regular cybersecurity training helps you stay safer as cyber threats evolve.

What is the difference between the My Assignments section and the Additional Training section?

  • The training under My Assignments is required training. It includes a due date, and completion rates are tracked for this training. Once you finish the training under My Assignments, it’s marked as complete, and the training module(s) are no longer available.
  • The training under Additional Training is optional. You can take (and retake) it as many times as you like. The available training modules will change every month, so check back in the future for other cybersecurity training.

Why don't I see anything in the My Assignments section? After logging in, it says, "You are not currently enrolled in any training assignments."

This may be for one of several reasons:

  • You’ve already completed required training. When you complete required training, the training module(s) under My Assignments are marked as done in the training system, and they’re no longer available to retake.
  • You’re not required to take any training right now. You can always take (and retake) any of the optional training that’s available under Additional Training.
  • We have you set up in the training system incorrectly. If you didn’t already take required training, and you expected to take it, please contact

Why does the training under My Assignments go away when I’m done with it?

The training system has marked your completion, and you don’t have to retake it. If you would like to retake any training, please contact

Why does the training under Additional Training not go away when I’m done with it?

That training is freely available to anyone who logs in to the training system. It is optional, and you can retake it as many times as you’d like. Completion rates for that training are not tracked.

How do I know what training modules I’ve completed?

Log in to In the upper right corner, click your name and then select My Report Card. This shows you all the cybersecurity training you’ve completed.

Will I get an email once I’ve completed the training?

Yes, you will get an email after you have completed required training; however, you will not receive an email if you did any optional training.

What is ProofPoint?

We’ve partnered with Proofpoint (formerly known as Wombat Security) to provide cybersecurity training and awareness to the university community. The Proofpoint Security Awareness platform includes security assessment tools, online cybersecurity training, additional outreach material, and much more.

Why do I see this log in screen? (pictured below)


This is not the correct log in page. Try using the official link instead: This will direct you to the campus sign-on (pictured below) where you can authenticate with your University of Illinois credentials.


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It can be used in the classroom with University of Illinois students, but not outside the University of Illinois System. Our license with the vendor is currently limited to faculty, staff, and students for the Springfield, Urbana-Champaign, and System Office campuses. You must have valid University of Illinois credentials to log in to the Proofpoint Security Awareness platform.

Who should I contact with questions or to learn more about cybersecurity?

The University of Illinois has a dedicated cybersecurity training and awareness team as part of Technology Services. Please reach out to us at with any questions or feedback about security training.

Keywords:Proofpoint, Wombat, CyberStrength, Security, Awareness, Training, wombatsecurity, cybersecurity   Doc ID:95064
Owner:Security S.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2019-10-17 13:49 CDTUpdated:2021-06-28 14:36 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois System, University of Illinois Technology Services
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