Now+Next : Countering Ransomware Attacks.




Cyber Essentials by US DHS

Hosted by US Chamber of Commerce

In the first portion of yesterday’s event, Secretary of Homeland SecurityAli Mayorkas discussed with me why ransomware is one of his top priorities and the focus for his first sprint saying, “The threat is real. The threat is upon us. The risk is to all of us.” Small businesses, who comprise the backbone of the American economy, “must be able to defend [themselves] to the fullest extent possible…and it is not a matter of eliminating ransomware, it’s a matter of, quite frankly, defending against the attackers.” Secretary Mayorkas pointed to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s ransomware guide as a resource for businesses to improve their cyber risk management. 

The second part of the program focused on business resilience and included a panel of U.S. government and industry experts, including Pete Marta, a partner with Hogan Lovells, Eric Goldstein, Executive Assistant Director, Cybersecurity Division, CISA, David M. Smith, Special Agent in Charge, Criminal Investigation Division, Secret Service, and Lisa Wallace, Area Vice President, US Public Sector Security Sales Program, Splunk.

High-Scoring Audience Q&A:

Live Poll Results

  • 93% of respondents consider ransomware an existential threat to their business.
  • 88% of respondents do not think their organization will pay a ransom demand.
  • 98% of respondents will report a ransomware incident to law enforcement, and 71% know which agency they will report to.

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