Saturday, November 26, 2022

News Releases

Cook County Warming Centers Open As Temps Drop

Municipalities around Cook County have opened warming centers for area residents to safely cope with the sub-freezing temperatures the region is experiencing:


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Department Launches Cyber Threat Intelligence Grid

The Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s (DHSEM) Information Security Office (ISO), and Anomali, provider of market-leading threat intelligence platforms, today announced that the DHSEM has launched a collaborative project to support local municipalities in combating cyberattacks. The Cook County Cyber Threat Intelligence Grid (CCCTIG) is designed to strengthen the region’s cybersecurity through shared intelligence.

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Tips for a Safe and Successful Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday can be a welcome alternative to the crowded parking lots, long checkout lines and the general hassle shoppers face on Black Friday. But it is not without its pitfalls. Cyber criminals work hard to trick consumers into divulging sensitive information. But there are basic steps online shoppers can take to remain secure online.

Ricardo Lafosse, Chief Information Security Officer at Cook County’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, has tips for consumers who choose to do their holiday shopping from the comfort of their homes:

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Cook County Information Security Office Wins Cybersecurity Leadership and Innovation Award

The Center for Digital Government presented the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management's Information Security Office (ISO) with a 2016 Cybersecurity Leadership and Innovation Award. 

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Tips for National Cyber Security Awareness Month


Cyber crime statistics are staggering. Social media is a hacker’s favorite target – more than 600,000 Facebook accounts are compromised every single day.*

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and Cook County’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) is offering ten quick tips to keep residents safe from a cyber incident:

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Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program Applications Now Open

The Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) encourages local law enforcement agencies and nonprofit organizations to apply for the Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. Through grant opportunities like these, the DHSEM seeks to build our capacity to act as a resource to first responders and local jurisdictions within Cook County.

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Cook County To Host Preparedness Fair at Daley Plaza

Emergency Preparedness Fair Helps Mark National Preparedness Month

Cook County’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) is partnering with government agencies, nonprofits and private sector organizations to ensure residents have the information they need to stay safe in an emergency – whether manmade or natural. As part of National Preparedness Month, the DHSEM is hosting a preparedness fair at Daley Plaza.

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City of Chicago and Cook County Remind Residents 'If You See Something, Say Something'

The City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) and the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) are asking residents report suspicious activity and packages to authorities. Both departments stress the importance of the “If You See Something, Say Something”™ anti-terrorism public awareness campaign, urging residents to report any non-emergency suspicious activity by calling 855-RPRT-2-S4, the official local number of the campaign.

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Lending a Helping Hand

The Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) lent a helping hand to the Disaster Assistance Center in South Holland, Ill. on Friday. The Operations, Planning, Logistics and Intelligence (OPLI) section worked alongside Team Rubicon, a global community of veterans that provides disaster relief, to hand out decontamination kits and help educate residents on how to make their homes safe and inhabitable after a flood.

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We're Just a Few Key Strokes Away: Cook County Homeland Security and Emergency Management Launches New Site and Twitter Handle

Cook County residents now have access to safety and preparedness information geared specifically for them. The County’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) has launched its new website and Twitter handle to provide residents with the most up-to-date alerts and give them the tools they need to plan for their families’ safety in a variety of emergencies.

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