District Operations

Phishing Campaigns

Test Your Exposure to Phishing

The Learning Technology Center provides free phishing campaigns to public school districts in Illinois. The campaigns will be run by the LTC over the course of one week, and afterward, the district will receive an executive summary and a detailed report showing how the district fared.

What is Phishing?

Phishing is a cybercrime in which a target or targets are contacted by email, telephone or text message by someone posing as a legitimate institution to lure individuals into providing sensitive data such as personally identifiable information, banking and credit card details, and passwords.

What is a Phishing Campaign?

A phishing campaign teaches employees to avoid phishing attacks by simulating a phishing attack. The LTC will send your employees an email that includes text and graphics to trick users into clicking a link. If the user clicks the link, they are directed to a landing page that tells them they failed a simulated phishing test and provides safety tips. After the test concludes, the LTC will provide the district with a report that includes a list of users who may need more training.


Public PK-12 Illinois School Districts are eligible to receive one free phishing campaign each year. The LTC is providing phishing campaigns on a first-come, first-serve basis. Additional tests are available for a minimal fee.

Getting Started

Districts should contact the LTC at support@ltcillinois.org to request a phishing campaign. As part of preparation for the campaign, the district will need to eventually:

  1. Approve a verification email from PhishingBox so that your domain can be targeted.
  2. Complete a spreadsheet of the intended targets (first name, last name, email address). The LTC is only testing faculty and staff at this time, not students.

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Eric Muckensturm
Eric Muckensturm
Cybersecurity Specialist, Learning Technology Center

Eric provides a multitude of services to help Illinois public school districts improve their overall security posture and maturity, including through the implementation of standards, frameworks, and industry best practices.