Ransomware now a 'national security threat': Experts urge government to ramp up defense

Becker's Health IT

Jackie Drees

Cybersecurity officials from Amazon, Microsoft, the FBI and other major tech and government agencies are insisting the U.S. double down on ransomware protections as attacks against healthcare and government organizations escalate, according to an April 30 Wall Street Journal report.

A working group composed of dozens of technology companies and representatives from the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Secret Service published a report April 29 describing the threat ransomware is posing to the country as well as changes to combat it.

“[Ransomware has] risen to the level of a national security threat," said Philip Reiner, CEO of cybersecurity nonprofit Institute for Security and Technology, according to the report. "And when that is understood and accepted, that means you can shift priorities, for instance, within the intelligence community or within law enforcement."

The report cited...

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