Critical Infrastructure Security, Threat Management, Ransomware

US better prepared to combat persistent ransomware threat

Despite the continued persistence of ransomware incidents, U.S. Cyber Command and National Security Agency Head Gen. Paul Nakasone and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Jen Easterly have noted that several ongoing and upcoming efforts seek to address the looming threat, according to The Record, a news site by cybersecurity firm Recorded Future. Significant ransomware attacks against Colonial Pipeline and other entities two years ago have prompted President Joe Biden to approve legislation requiring breach notifications for critical infrastructure owners, as well as order the creation of the Joint Ransomware Task Force, with more programs aimed at obtaining better insights on the ransomware ecosystem are underway, said Easterly at the Vanderbilt University Summit on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats. Adoption of the final incident reporting rule by September 2025 is also being prepared by CISA, Easterly added. Meanwhile, Nakasone said during the event that both NSA and Cyber Command have been collaborating with the FBI, CISA, and other federal agencies, as well as U.S. allies, in addressing ransomware attacks.

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