For the past year, our Doing More Team has tried to help keep you on top of the latest fraud prevention trends, including ever-increasing ransomware attacks.
Now there’s additional help. Big help.
The federal government has created a one-stop resource center to help American businesses, individuals and communities in order to stay safe – and recover – from these nefarious ransomware attacks.
The website is called StopRansomware.gov, and it’s a collaborative effort from the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Justice, and intelligence and law enforcement agencies designed to help mitigate the impact of ransomware attacks.
“As ransomware attacks continue to rise around the world, businesses and other organizations must prioritize their cybersecurity,” said Alejandro N. Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security. “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. 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.”
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.
Alejandro N. Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security
Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Department of Justice is committed to protecting Americans from the rise in ransomware attacks.
“Along with our partners in and outside of government, and through our Ransomware and Digital Extortion Task Force, the Department is working to bring all our tools to bear against these threats,” Garland said. “But we cannot do it alone. It is critical for business leaders across industries to recognize the threat, prioritize efforts to harden their systems, and work with law enforcement by reporting these attacks promptly.”
StopRansomware.gov includes resources and content from DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the U.S. Secret Service, the Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Departments of the Treasury and Health and Human Services.
“Being prepared for a potential ransomware attack has never been more important and no business size or segment is immune,” said Jeff Taylor, head of commercial fraud forensics for Regions Bank. “Leveraging resources like StopRansomware.gov and CISA.gov will provide crucial steps in creating a response plan for your business.
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