Louis F. McHugh IV

  • Director, Cyber-Tech Security
  • Adjunct Industry Professor, Information Technology and Management
  • Member, Center for Cyber Security and Forensics Education (C²SAFE)


Ph.D. Student, Educational Technology Leadership, Concordia University Chicago, Expected Graduation Fall 2021
Masters in Cyber Forensics & Security, Illinois Institute of Technology
M.S., Information Systems & Technology, University of Michigan-Dearborn
B.S., Computer Information Systems, Northern Michigan University

Research Interests

Cybersecurity, Cyber Crime, Cyber Warfare, Leadership, Networking, Security, and Virtualization

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) + SIGITE + SIGUCCS
High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA)


Best Paper, 3rd Annual Association for Computing Machinery’s Research in Information and Technology Conference, (SIGITE)


Publication: McHugh, Louis F., IV, Embar, Maya , and Wesselman, William. "Printer Watermark Obfuscation”, RIIT ’14 - Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Conference on Research in Information Technology. 3rd Annual Conference on Research in Information Technology, Atlanta, GA. New York: ACM, 2014. 15-20. Print.


Professional Activities

Mentor and Reviewer, NSA-DHS National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE).

Program Evaluator, Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) for Cybersecurity and Information Technology

Peer Reviewer:
ACM-Special Interest Group for Information Technology Education and Research in Information Technology.

ACM-Special Interest Group for Computer Science Education.

Media Interviews and Presentations

Media Interviews

Keenan, A. (April 15, 2020). 'A very scary idea': How Google and Apple's COVID-19 tracing could turn sick people into pariahs. Yahoo Finance.

Marotti, A. (April 2, 2020). Zoom video meetings are being interrupted by hackers spewing hate speech and showing porn. It's called 'Zoombombing.' Here's how to prevent it. Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL).

Miller, K. (March 27, 2020). COVID-19: How to get the most out of your home Internet Connection. WGN 9, Chicago. TV.

Miller, K. (April 1, 2020). COVID-19: Taking a look at video conferencing privacy & security. WGN 9, Chicago. TV.

Molina, T. (July 17, 2019). Viral FaceApp Raises Alarms About Privacy; ‘You’re Essentially Giving Away Your Fingerprint’, Expert Says. CBS 2, Chicago. TV.

Emanuel, L. (May 10, 2018). Expert warns against sharing on social media. U-High Midway. Retrieved from https://uhighmidway.com/1659/indepth/expert-warns-against-sharing-on-social-media/

Farr, C., (May 7, 2018). Robocalls, Scams at ‘Epidemic Proportions,’ Official Says. NBC Chicago. TV.

Marotti, A., (March 23, 2018). Facebook users have been giving away their data for a decade. Is it too late to get our privacy back? Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL).

Kozlov, D., (2017). Zuckerberg Promises Facebook Ad Reforms. CBS Chicago. TV.

Madrigal, A., The Mysterious Printer Code That Could Have Led the FBI to Reality Winner. The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 06 June 2017. Web.

Crews, J. & Associated Press, (2017). WikiLeaks claims to release thousands of CIA documents. WGN News, Chicago. TV.

Leitner, T., & Capitanini, L., (2015). How Hackers Can Commit Cyber-Murder in Just 10 Minutes. NBC Chicago, TV

Seidman, Bianca. ""Cardless Cash" Eliminates ATM Cards and PIN Codes." CBS News. CBS News, 18 Sept. 2015. Web. 25 Sept. 2015.

Leitner, T., & Capitanini, L., (2015). How Hackers Can Commit Cyber-Murder in Just 10 Minutes. NBC Chicago, TV

Seidman, Bianca. ""Cardless Cash" Eliminates ATM Cards and PIN Codes." CBS News. CBS News, 18 Sept. 2015. Web. 25 Sept. 2015.

Select Presentations

Hajek, J., McHugh IV, L. F., Liaw, J. (2017) The Skunkworks Approach: Using Devops to Foster Rapid Deployment, Innovation, & to Reduce Costs. Supporting Learning & Technology in Education Conference, Northern Illinois University, Naperville, Illinois.

McHugh IV, L.F., “Hackers – Who Are They?” Security Symposium, West Suburban Bank, Addison, Illinois, September 2015.

McHugh, Louis F., IV, Maya Embar, and William R. Wesselman. “Steganographix: Printer Watermark Obfuscation”, ForenSecure 2014, IIT Rice Campus, Wheaton, Illinois, April 2014.

Jessop, J. and McHugh, Louis F., IV, “Interested in 3D Printing? Start here”, DuPage Regional Office of Education Center for Professional Learning, Lombard, Illinois, April 2014.

Additional Info


Manager of Technical Services, Office of Technology Services, Illinois Tech
Director of Information Technology, School of Applied Technology, Illinois Tech
Computer Systems Manager, School of Applied Technology, Illinois Tech
Technical Support Analyst, Truven Health Analytics
Technical Support Analyst, Thomson Reuters Healthcare
System Administrator, University of Michigan-Dearborn