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Reports

Ransomware Task Force: Doubling Down

Ransomware Task Force

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Reports

Information Sharing in the Ransomware Payment Ecosystem: Exploring the Delta Between Best Practices and Existing Mechanisms

Zoë Brammer

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Memo

Testimony: Held for Ransom: How Ransomware Endangers Our Financial System

Megan Stifel

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Memo

Roadmap to Potential Prohibition of Ransomware Payments

Ransomware Task Force Co-Chairs

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Reports

Unlocking U.S. Technological Competitiveness: Evaluating Initial Solutions to Public-Private Misalignments

Ben Purser, Pavneet Singh

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Reports

Public Private Partnerships to Combat Ransomware: An inquiry into three case studies and best practices

Elizabeth Vish, Georgeanela Flores Bustamante

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Reports

Unlocking U.S. Technological Competitiveness: Public-Private Misalignments in Biotechnology, Energy, and Quantum Sectors

Ben Purser, Pavneet Singh

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White House Releases Outbound Investment Executive Order

Strategic Balancing Initiative

SUMMARY

On Wednesday, August 9, 2023, the White House released an Executive Order (EO) on Addressing United States Investments in Certain National Security Technologies and Products in Countries of Concern, laying the groundwork for the development of a U.S. Outbound Investment Program. This new Program is significant in that it is the latest in a string of U.S. government steps to move beyond just trade and law enforcement actions to address national security concerns related to transfer of technologies and knowledge. For investors and industry, this Program will require even more due diligence on partners and activities in China to ensure that U.S. persons are not investing in a way that could unduly empower Chinese military and intelligence efforts.

The release of the EO was accompanied by the Department of Treasury’s publication of the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), which launched a 45-day public comment period inviting feedback on implementation and development of the program. Specifically, the Treasury is developing a ruling that will, respective to certain technologies and products in a “country of concern”:

  1. Prohibit U.S. persons from engaging in certain transactions; and
  2. Require U.S. persons to notify the Treasury of certain other transactions.

Currently China (including Hong Kong and Macau) is the only country listed as a “country of concern.”

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