Ransomware: can transparency bring security?

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Everyone in cybersecurity knows ransomware is a problem. What’s less clear, is how we can defend against it.

Despite the coverage ransomware generates, it’s hard to put an exact figure on ransomware attacks. All the available research shows incidents continue to grow year on year, and that the vast majority of cyber incidents are now ransomware or other extortion attacks.

But could more transparency and information sharing help defend against ransomware?

If more organisations disclosed attacks, we would have a clearer picture of the problem and be able to respond more quicky to new techniques or attack vectors.

That’s the argument put forward by this week’s guest.

Sabeen Malik is vice president of global government affairs and public policy at Rapid7. She has put together a ransomware disclosure framework, based around the “3 Cs” of capabilities, context, and collective action.

She tells Stephen Pritchard how the framework could operate, and how it could help.

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