Welcome to Protect DuPage
The Protect DuPage website and its related social media accounts are your sources for official information from the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (OHSEM). The information is periodically updated and
is geared towards preparing you to respond to and recover from emergencies or disasters. Connect with us by subscribing to our
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National Cyber Security Awareness Month -
Cyber Security is Our Shared Responsibility
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a national public awareness campaign to encourage everyone to protect their computers and our nation’s critical cyber infrastructure. As such, the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management encourages home users, schools, businesses, hospitals, and governments to be vigilant 365 days a year in order to protect their computers, children, and data.
Though technology brings many conveniences (e.g. shopping and banking online, connecting with family and friends, turning on air conditioning, monitoring home security system while away) to our lives, it also requires that we share more information than ever. Here are three simple steps to take to secure the devices that hold your valuable personal information.
- Keep a clean machine. Like your smartphone or PC, keep any device that connects to the Internet free from viruses and malware. Update the software regularly on the device itself as well as update the apps you use to control the device.
- Think twice about your device. Have a solid understanding of how a device works, the nature of its connection to the Internet, and the type of information it stores and transmits before even purchasing or using the device.
- Secure your network and devices. Properly secure the wireless network and devices using strong passwords (e.g. numbers, letters, symbols) and enabling multi-factor authentication.
For additional tips, please view the resources below:
Severe Weather Season
Severe weather can happen at anytime. The
Weather Watcher Page from the National Weather Service Chicago Weather Forecast Office is a great resource for advanced information to allow you to prepare. Always have your
NOAA weather radio available and in working order. Watch the below videos for tips and information pertaining to severe weather preparedness. Additional information is available in the
Severe Weather Preparedness Guide developed by IEMA and the NWS and on the
emergency preparedness page of