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Our virtual library is an online repository of all of the reports, papers, and briefings that IST has produced, as well as works that have influenced our thinking.

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Reports

A Lifecycle Approach to AI Risk Reduction: Tackling the Risk of Malicious Use Amid Implications of Openness

Louie Kangeter

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Memo

Testimony: Red Alert: Countering the Cyberthreat from China

Steve Kelly

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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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May 2023 Progress Report: Ransomware Task Force: Gaining Ground

Ransomware Task Force

SUMMARY

Two years after publishing Combating Ransomware: A Comprehensive Framework for Action, we have seen impressive moves by industry, U.S., and partner governments toward implementing the initial 48 recommendations. In particular, we have seen continued commitment to combat this threat through the following actions: 

  • Increasing public-private and government-to-government collaboration on disruptive activity
  • Increasing focus on reporting and information sharing
  • Ongoing efforts to reduce some of the risks posed by cryptocurrency

We have also seen significant change across the ransomware landscape. Governments have taken action to prioritize ransomware defenses and investigations; victims have changed their responses; and threat actors have evolved, not only in terms of who they affiliate with, but also in terms of their tactics and the size and geographic location of their targets. 

This report walks 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. Whereas last year’s progress report captured the early wins of an anti-ransomware campaign, this year we grappled with the more elusive goal of sustaining success against evolving challenges. 

Lastly, this report also outlines areas to watch in the next year, including:

  • Sustaining focus on collecting and sharing ransomware data
  • Improving baseline cybersecurity across the ecosystem
  • Reexamining existing incentive structures
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