Connecting to CBS-Secure

As a CBS student, you have exclusive access to CBS-Secure by connecting using your Lifetime ID (FLastname19) and Business School password. You will need to accept a security certificate, as with any other secured/encrypted wireless network which requires authentication.

Once in one of the two Business School buildings, you will be able to connect to the CBS-Secure signal. The below instructions will help you complete your connection. You have the option of connecting multiple personal devices, however, depending on the settings and configuration of your device(s), these instructions may vary:

Mobile Devices (tablets and smartphones)

iOS (Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod touch)

Secure Wi-Fi networks are password protected and have  Lock by their names.

  1. From your Home screen, go to Settings > Wi-Fi, and make sure Wi-Fi is turned on

  2. Tap CBS-Secure then enter your Lifetime ID (FLastname19) and CBS password, then tap Join

  3. Trust the certificate

After you join the network, you'll see  Checkmarknext to CBS-Secure and Wi-Fi connected in the upper-left side of your display. If you're having trouble with your login, try resetting your CBS password, then try again.


These instructions are for Android devices running 7.0 (Nougat) and up. Since Android is different across some devices, your menu options may vary slightly depending on the version of Android that you are running. Learn how to check your Android version.

  1. From the Home screen, go to Apps > Settings Settings

  2. Under "Wireless and Networks" ensure Wi-Fi is turned on, then tap Wi-Fi

  3. Tap CBS-Secure then enter your;
    Identity: Lifetime ID (FLastname19)
    Password: CBS password
    EAP method: PEAP
    Phase 2 authentication: MSCHAPV2
    CA certificate (if applicable):
    Anonymous identity: leave blank

    then tap OK to connect

  4. Once successfully joined, "connected" shows under the network name

Once you've successfully joined the network, "connected" shows under the network name. If you're having trouble with your login, try resetting your CBS password, then try again.



These instructions describe the basic steps for connecting to CBS-Secure on your personal laptop.

  1. Select the Network  icon in the notification area

  2. In the list of available networks, choose CBS-Secure, then select Connect

  3. Enter your Lifetime ID (FLastname19) and CBS password, then press OK

  4. At the prompt to accept our CBS-Secure certificate, press Connect

After you join the network, you'll see Connected, secured below the network name. If you're having trouble with your login, try manually connecting to CBS-Secure or try resetting your CBS password, then try again.

Prioritize CBS-Secure over other Columbia W-Fi networks (Mac)

By default, your Wi-Fi connection attempts to join the wireless network your Mac was most recently connected to. If you're in an environment where you have access to more than one wireless network, you can set network priority in order to always join a preferred network. You’ll probably want to prioritize CBS-Secure above other Columbia networks so you don’t accidentally end up on CBS-Guest or any other Columbia networks while you're in the Business School building.

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Network

  2. Click Wi-Fi (left pane), then click Advanced

  3. In the Wi-Fi tab under Preferred Networks, drag CBS-Secure above all other Columbia University related networks.

  4. Click OK > Apply to save changes

This gives CBS-Secure a higher priority which means your computer will try to join it before any other Columbia network.


Most corporate users who are connected to a domain and/or normal users with certain authentication restrictions in place may need to manually connect to CBS-Secure in order to access the Business School's network. Learn more about the things to keep in mind if using a corporate computer on the Business School's network infrastructure.

For any questions or suggestions regarding connecting to CBS-Secure or any other School network, please contact ITG Student Support at