The surge in ransomware attacks in the last year have spurred attempts by government officials to bolster cybersecurity defenses, and those actions advanced on multiple fronts this week.
In an op-ed piece published by CNBC, U.S. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco wrote that the threat of ransomware to the country’s national security and public safety is growing and that a full-throttled response is needed from the government to protect the United States – including government agencies, private companies and citizens – from attacks.
Monaco wrote that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is doing everything it can, from helping to stop attacks and seizing ransoms to prosecuting cybercriminals and shutting down the computers used to carry out the attacks. She also urged Congress to get more involved, including “by enacting legislation to create a national standard for reporting cyber incidents that pose significant risk, including ransomware and incidents that affect critical infrastructure and their supply chains.”
At the same time, at the Aspen Cyber Summit, Monaco