On July 6th, the Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology Anne Neuberger met with the U.S. Conference of Mayors to speak about cybersecurity, including recent ransomware attacks against cities across the country. Multiple cities across the U.S. have suffered ransomware attacks in recent months. Just two weeks ago, the city of Tulsa notified its residents that their personal information may have leaked online due to an attack by the Conti ransomware group. During the conference call Neuberger assured participants that state and local governments would have the full resources of the federal government when responding to a cyber incident, including assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Participants also had a chance to speak to cyber security challenges they face while being given advice on steps they could take to improve security posture.
Binary Defense highly recommends that all organizations read and implement steps from the CISA (Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Agency) and NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) ransomware guides. The guides contain detailed information that any organization can use, describing in detail how to backup and protect data, create incident response plans and more. Part of the White House strategy for disrupting threat actors is to work closely with the private sector. If your organization is dealing with a ransomware incident, consider reporting it to your local FBI office.