Senate Passes Bill Aimed At Combating Ransomware Attacks
The United States Senate recently approved the “DHS Cyber Hunt and Incident Response Teams Act,” which aims to help local governments and private companies fight ransomware infections and other cyberattacks by enabling the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to set up “incident response teams” that can assist organizations under attack.
Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), one of the bill’s co-authors, recently stated that “our cyber response teams play an important role in protecting against cyber threats, reducing cybersecurity risks, and helping to get our cyber infrastructure back up and running after an attack occurs.”
Ransomware is a growing epidemic for both public and private institutions. Recent figures released by Armor show that so far this year, 182 US organizations have been at the receiving end of a ransomware attack. The victims include 70 municipalities, 49 US school districts and colleges, as well as 27 healthcare organizations.