Atlantic City, NJ--Each November representatives from New Jersey's 565 municipalities convene in Atlantic City for the annual League of Municipalities Conference. Each year there are educational sessions relating to the hot topics effecting the State's cities, boroughs, townships and villages.
This year Bloomfield's Director of IT, Jean-guy Lauture, was a featured speaker of a session titled "Your IT Systems Have Been Compromised- Now What? The session was described as follows; Cybersecurity Professionals will tell you the question is not IF, but WHEN will you be a victim of a cyber incident. A breach in your Municipality may not make the national news, but it will have an impact, and our job as IT professionals is to make the impact as small as possible. This requires preparation BEFORE as well as taking very important key steps DURING AND immediately after the event. Basic security software is not enough; human failings will happen. You must address your vulnerabilities and that to do when you are a victim.
TAPinto Bloomfield reached out to Lauture regarding his role in the Township. "This is for the most part a human driven problem, and it requires human steps and reactions. Every incident is different and we must look at them as independent and prepare for the worse. We can start by making sure we have the tools to educating our users on the latest trends and methods used by the bad actors. IT professional must continuously build a trust when it comes to reporting suspicious activity. Time is very critical during any Cybersecurity incident. The earlier activity is noticed or reported, the faster it can be addressed. Having a working plan is essential to addressing these inevitable incidents."