Ransomware Task Force (RTF)

A Broad Coalition for Decisive Action on Ransomware

The Ransomware Threat
Ransomware is an economically destructive cybercrime with increasingly dangerous physical consequences. Hospitals, school districts, city governments, and countless others have found their networks held hostage by malicious actors seeking profits. This cyber extortion enterprise causes billions of dollars in losses each year, and is expected to continue growing in size and severity absent coordinated, comprehensive intervention. 

RTF Organization
Combatting the ransomware threat will require the dedicated, coordinated attention of experts across industries. The Institute for Security and Technology (IST) is proud to convene an interdisciplinary group of leaders on the Ransomware Task Force (RTF) for a two to three month sprint beginning January 2021. 

Through an intensive process of engagement on the full spectrum of challenges presented by ransomware, the RTF will develop a comprehensive framework of actionable solutions, which will aim to significantly mitigate the ransomware threat. The coalition will synthesize best practices across sectors, identify solutions in all steps of the ransomware kill chain, identify gaps in solution application, and engage stakeholders across industries to coalesce a diverse set of ideas and solutions. 

Ransomware Task Force Membership

Co-Chairs


Executive Director

Philip Reiner, Institute for Security and Technology

Formal Task Force Members

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Our Founding Principles
Learn more about why IST founded the RTF in our blog post, and explore more of IST’s projects in The Multiverse.


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