The United States government has taken two more active measures to fight and defend against malicious cyber activities affecting the country’s business and critical infrastructure sectors.
One initiative is a website with resources from across the federal government designed to help businesses and communities from ransomware attacks.
The other is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information on operations conducted by actors working for a foreign government.
Tackling the ransomware threat
Earlier this week, the U.S. Government launched the StopRansomware.gov website specifically to help private and public entities mitigate the ransomware threat.
It is meant as a central platform for information about ransomware gathered from all federal government agencies, which includes the guidance, the latest alerts, updates, and resources.
“StopRansomware.gov includes resources and content from DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the U.S. Secret Service, the Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Departments of the Treasury and Health and Human Services” – U.S. Department of Homeland Security
The ransomware threat has grown to unprecedent levels lately, with attacks on critical infrastructure and businesses that rippled to the regular individual.
Cyberattacks like those on giant JBS Foods, the largest meat producer in the world, on Colonial Pipeline – the main fuel supply line for the U.S. East Coast, or the more recent one on Kaseya, which affected up to 1,500 businesses worldwide, highlighted even more the effort necessary to tackle it.