Written by Tonya Riley
May 20, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP
The federal government has made strides in deterring ransomware over the past year, but still has a number of milestones to reach, according to a new paper from the Institute for Security and Technology’s Ransomware Task Force.
The evaluation comes a year after the group, a private-public partnership that brought together more than 60 companies and organizations across government, nonprofits and the private sector, released a sweeping report making 48 recommendations on how to combat ransomware.
The reports urgency became clear almost immediately after its April 2021 release, with the U.S. suffering a string of high-profile ransomware attacks in the subsequent weeks, including an incident that shut down fuel provider Colonial Pipeline, an attack against the meat supplier JBS and an infiltration of managed service provider Kaseya that knocked out the services for nearly 1,500 organizations worldwide.
Of the 48 specific recommendations the Ransomware Task Force made in its initial report, 12 have seen tangible progress in the year since. Some initial steps have been taken on 29 recommendations, while seven recommendations have seen no action.
The United States has made the most progress in addressing the RTF’s recommendations