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Citing national security threat, task force urges broad action on ransomware

April 29, 2021


A task force made up of more than 60 experts spanning government, industry, education and the health and nonprofit sectors released a report Thursday that makes sweeping recommendations to the public and private sectors on combatting ransomware, which it calls a global national-security risk that can paralyze organizations like schools and hospitals while leaving sensitive information exposed and for sale by cybercriminals.

The 81-page report by Ransomware Task Force includes a detailed framework of policies and actions that the group argues could both lessen the impact of pervasive extortion malware and strengthen enforcement action against actors who are often out-of-reach of law enforcement.

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