Ransomware Task Force: Gaining Ground

Two Years of Implementation and Impact

Special Event: May 5, 2023
10:00 am to 4:30 pm ET / 7:00 am to 1:30 pm PT

Ransomware remains a dire threat to businesses, schools, hospitals, individuals, and nations alike. Two years after publishing its groundbreaking report with recommendations to combat the threat of ransomware, the Ransomware Task Force is more active and more prolific than ever, deepening engagement in lines of effort and finding new ways to tackle the problem. 

On May 5, 2023, we hosted a day of reflections on the current status of the ransomware threat, the Ransomware Task Force’s efforts, and what’s to come. 

During this special event, we were joined by our industry, government, and civil society partners to discuss the ransomware data ecosystem, unpack the drivers behind the illicit crypto ecosystem, dive into the ransomware element of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and highlight global efforts to tackle ransomware. 

Panels also highlighted the Ransomware Task Force’s ongoing work, including efforts to drive international and domestic counter ransomware collaboration, bolster cyber civil defense, prepare small and medium-sized enterprises, and facilitate effective operational collaboration.

In tandem with the event, we released our May 2023 Progress Report, an overview of progress against the original 48 Ransomware Task Force recommendations. In it, we walk readers through the RTF’s second year, acknowledging tremendous shifts in the ecosystem, especially in light of the war in Ukraine, and highlights key areas of progress. 


10:00  Introductory Remarks
10:05Opening Remarks
U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin
10:10Panel Discussion: Ransomware Ecosystem Data: A Complete Picture?
Moderator: Michael Phillips, Resilience and RTF Co-Chair
Panelists: Valerie M. Cofield, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA); Eleanor Fairford, UK National Cyber Security Centre; Allan Liska, Recorded Future; David Ring, Federal Bureau of Investigation
10:50Panel Discussion: Ransomware Implications of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine
Moderator: Jason Kikta, Automox and IST Adjunct Senior Technical Advisor
Panelists: Silas Cutler, IST; Maj. Gen. John Davis, USA (ret.), Palo Alto Networks and RTF Co-Chair; Laura Galante, Office of the Director for National Intelligence; Jeff Greene, Aspen Digital and IST Adjunct Senior Policy Advisor
11:30Fireside Chat
Acting National Cyber Director Kemba Walden and Megan Stifel, IST
12:15Panel Discussion: Crypto Reality: Towards Dissolution of the Illicit Use of the Ecosystem
Moderator: Jai Ramaswamy, a16z and RTF Steering Committee
Panelists: Katherine Johnson, Storj and IST Board; Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Marshall Miller, U.S. Department of Justice; Under Secretary Brian E. Nelson, U.S. Department of the Treasury
12:55Panel Introduction: Update on the Counter Ransomware Initiative
Deputy National Security Advisor Anne Neuberger, National Security Council
1:10Panel Discussion: Domestic and Global Counter Ransomware Collaboration
Moderator: Elizabeth Vish, IST
Panelists: Minister Counsellor Home Affairs Patrick Hallinan, Embassy of Australia, Washington DC; Megan O’Neil, AWS; Christopher Painter, Global Forum on Cyber Expertise and RTF Co-Chair
1:55Panel Discussion: Cyber Civil Defense: Overcoming Barriers to Collective Cybersecurity
Moderator: Megan Stifel, IST
Panelists: Craig Newmark, Craig Newmark Philanthropies; Wendy Nather, Cisco and RTF Steering Committee
2:25Panel Discussion: Blueprint for Ransomware Defense: The Shifting Cyber Insurance Market
Moderator: Davis Hake, Resilience
Panelists: Ross Kadish, Associated Risk Management; Aaron McIntosh, Blueprint for Ransomware Defense Primary Author; Valecia Stocchetti, Center for Internet Security and Blueprint for Ransomware Defense Primary Author
3:05Lightning Talk: Open-Source Security
Marc Rogers, IST Adjunct Senior Technical Advisor
3:25Lightning Talk: Critical Infrastructure
Bryson Bort, SCYTHE and IST Adjunct Senior Technical Advisor
3:35Panel Discussion: Operational Collaboration: What Do Takedowns Mean for the Ecosystem?
Moderator: Michael Daniel, Cyber Threat Alliance and RTF Co-Chair
Panelists: Sean Farrell, Microsoft; Steven Kelly, National Security Council; Jacqueline Koven, Chainalysis; Robert Schaap, National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU), Dutch National Police
4:15Closing Remarks: The Year Ahead

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