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Ransomware Task Force (RTF) Releases Comprehensive Framework to Combat Ransomware; BlueVoyant Participates in Three-Month, Public-Private Sprint with Interdisciplinary Group of Domain Experts to Inform Critical Cyber Security Recommendations

48 Actionable Solutions Developed to Help Industry and Government Reverse the Trajectory of Ransomware Attacks

New York, N.Y. – April 29, 2021: The Ransomware Task Force (RTF), a broad coalition of over 60 experts in industry, government, law enforcement, civil society, and international organizations including BlueVoyant, today released a comprehensive framework to combat ransomware: “Combating Ransomware: A Comprehensive Framework for Action.”

The RTF was formed in January of 2019 by the Institute for Security and Technology (IST). Representatives from BlueVoyant collaborated with this coalition of partners to lend their expertise toward creating a framework of standardized guidance and actionable solutions to mitigate the growing and dangerous ransomware threat across all vertical markets.

“The cost of ransom paid by organizations has nearly doubled in the past year, and is creating new risks, many that go far beyond monetary damage,” said Philip Reiner, the CEO of IST and the Executive Director of the RTF. “In the past 12 months alone, we’ve seen ransomware attacks delay lifesaving medical treatment, destabilize critical infrastructure, and threaten our national security. We felt an urgent need to bring together world-class experts across all of the relevant sectors to break down silos and create a framework that government and industry can pursue to disrupt the ransomware business model, mitigate the impact of these attacks, and ensure the continued faith of the general public in its institutions.”

“BlueVoyant collaborated with this coalition of RTF partners to lend their expertise toward creating a framework of standardized guidance and actionable solutions to mitigate the growing and dangerous ransomware threat across all vertical markets.”

The RTF recognizes ransomware as an international crime that continues to affect both the public and private sectors. Therefore, all solutions must apply both internationally and to a broad spectrum of verticals affected by ransomware. For this reason, the RTF was proactively convened, and by intent, included representatives across disparate sectors, large and small, public and private, including healthcare, financial, cyber security, technology, government, law enforcement and civil society. The expertise represented by these sectors allowed the RTF to develop multifaceted solutions and build a comprehensive strategy for stemming the tide of ransomware.

The framework consists of four goals:

  • Deter ransomware attacks through a nationally and internationally coordinated, prioritized, and resourced, comprehensive strategy
  • Disrupt the ransomware business model and decrease criminal profits
  • To help organizations better prepare for ransomware attacks
  • To help organizations respond to ransomware attacks more effectively

The 48 actions outlined provide guidance for addressing the complexities of the ransomware epidemic, from the role of cyber insurance and cryptocurrency to safe havens for threat actors.

The framework developed is not intended for piecemeal action. Effective implementation will require the coordinated effort of many stakeholders to meet these four critical goals, which each fill a gap in the current approach to ransomware mitigation.

“The risks of ongoing ransomware attacks across all verticals – and the resulting crippling reputational and financial consequences – keep cyber security professionals up at night. These risks, coupled with unknown or unaddressed vulnerabilities in their network and supply chain ecosystem, only confirm the severity of the threat,” said Austin Berglas, Global Head of Professional Services and RTF Representative for BlueVoyant. “The time for concerted and coordinated action is now. BlueVoyant is honored to be an RTF coalition member and to have played a valuable role in the development of this groundbreaking framework designed to help organizations to better prepare for, respond to, and mitigate the ongoing and pervasive ransomware threat.”

To read the RTF report:
http://securityandtechnology.org/ransomwaretaskforce/report

To learn more about the Ransomware Task Force:
https://securityandtechnology.org/ransomwaretaskforce/

Media Contacts

For all media inquiries and further information on BlueVoyant’s involvement in the RTF, contact:

Danielle Ostrovsky
C8 Consulting (USA)
T: 001 410-302-9459
E: [email protected]

Jim Pople
C8 Consulting (EMEA)
T: +44 7955 030191
E: [email protected]

About BlueVoyant

BlueVoyant is an expert-driven cyber security services company whose mission is to proactively defend
organizations of all sizes against today’s constant, sophisticated attackers, and advanced threats.

Led by CEO, Jim Rosenthal, BlueVoyant’s highly skilled team includes former government cyber officials with
extensive frontline experience in responding to advanced cyber threats on behalf of the National Security Agency,
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Unit 8200 and GCHQ, together with private sector experts. BlueVoyant services
utilize large real-time datasets with industry leading analytics and technologies.

Founded in 2017 by Fortune 500 executives, including Executive Chairman, Tom Glocer, and former Government
cyber officials, BlueVoyant is headquartered in New York City and has offices in Maryland, Tel Aviv, San Francisco,
Manila, Toronto, London, Latin America and Budapest.

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