Cyber News and Insights

Stay connected with cyber security threats and news affecting public entities in NJ and around the world, as well as tips to prevent cyber attacks.

Email Do’s and Don’ts
Scammers launch thousands of phishing attacks every day — and they’re often successful.  Download, print and display the Email Do’s and Don’ts infographic around your office to help your staff identify phishing emails.

How Cyber Risk Management Can Help
Bloustein Local Assistant Director Marc Pfeiffer wrote about the obligation of local elected officials and senior management to prioritize technology management (and cybersecurity) as a mission-critical activity of their agency.  The MEL’s Edward Cooney and Joe Hrubash described the MEL’s Cyber Risk Management Program that uses the Bloustein Local developed set of Minimum Technology Standards as a basis for MEL members to manage their cybersecurity risks to reduce their cybersecurity claims risk and to improve their overall technology management.

Ransomware Attacks are Hitting Local Governments. Here’s How They can Fight Back, Featuring JIF Technology Director Lou Romero  Michaelle Bond, The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 9, 2019

Cities Held for Ransom: Why are Public Entities Easy Targets for Cyber Crime?
By Scott Schleicher, Underwriting Manager, Cyber & Technology Insurance, AXA XL

Recent Government Cyber Events- July 2019
By the NJ MEL Cyber Task Force


Lou Romero, JIF Technology Risk Management Director

Lou was appointed by the BURLCO JIF in February 2019.  He works with members to bring them into compliance with the MEL Cyber Risk Management Program.   Lou has over 40 years of IT experience and works with local and municipal governments and private entities to help improve and manage their information security posture. Lou works closely with clients to develop a customized Cyber Risk Loss Control Program designed to identify cyber vulnerabilities, risks and provide actionable recommendations based on best practices and international standards.

Lou attends various cybersecurity symposiums and summits and has been a keynote and panel speaker in Washington DC at the annual National Symposium on Cyber Security and Government.

Lou works with various Joint Insurance Funds / Government Risk Pools and is currently the Technology Risk Services Director for 66 municipalities in New Jersey. Lou is an ISO 27001 auditor and has performed over 260 cyber risk assessments throughout the state and is currently pursuing his Certified Government Chief Information Officer’s (CGCIO) certification at Rutgers University.

Contact Lou:
(732) 690-4057
Lromero@SecureDataCS.com
PO Box 6023 | Somerset, NJ 08875

Click HERE to View the JIF’s 2020 Cyber Security Poster and contact Lou Romero if you need additional copies.


  • Works with your Municipality’s IT Professionals

  • Triages Cyber Events

  • Conducts Employee Training

  • Manages Online Cyber Security Training Courses