U.S. Government Launches New One-Stop Ransomware Website

The Department of Justice and the DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have announced the launch of a new web resource that will serve as a one-stop-shop providing information to help public and private sector organizations deal with the growing ransomware threat.

The new resource – StopRansomware.gov – is an interagency resource that provides guidance on ransomware protection, detection, and response in a single location.

The new resource provides general information about ransomware, including what ransomware is and how it is used by cybercriminals to extort money from public and private sector organizations. Detailed information is provided on how organizations can improve their security posture and defend against attacks, including ransomware best practices, bad practices to avoid, cyber hygiene tips, FAQs, and training material.

The website includes a newsroom with the latest ransomware-related advice, along with alerts from CISA, the FBI, Department of Treasury, and other federal agencies about the ever-evolving tactics, techniques, and procedures used by cybercriminals in their attacks.

Victims of ransomware attacks can report attacks through the website to either the FBI, CISA, or the U.S. Secret Service, with the report of the attack automatically sent to all appropriate agencies to ensure that the incident is investigated, threat information is shared, and steps are taken to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

Organizations are being encouraged to take advantage of the new resource to understand the threat of ransomware, mitigate risk and, in the event of an attack, know what steps to take to limit the harm caused and ensure the fastest possible recovery.

“Cyber criminals have targeted critical infrastructure, small businesses, hospitals, police departments, schools and more.  These attacks directly impact Americans’ daily lives and the security of our nation,” said Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for the Department of Homeland Security. “I urge every organization across our country to use this new resource to learn how to protect themselves from ransomware and reduce their cybersecurity risk.”

Author: Steve Alder has many years of experience as a journalist, and comes from a background in market research. He is a specialist on legal and regulatory affairs, and has several years of experience writing about HIPAA. Steve holds a B.Sc. from the University of Liverpool.