Fraud Management & Cybercrime , Ransomware

Fresh Strategies Offer Hope for Combating Ransomware Scourge

Palo Alto Networks' Jen Miller-Osborn on New Task Force, Essential Defenses
Jen Miller-Osborn, deputy director of threat intelligence, Unit 42 at Palo Alto Networks

The ransomware challenge facing organizations today traces directly to the success being enjoyed by gangs who wield such malware, says Jen Miller-Osborn, deputy director of threat intelligence for Unit 42 at Palo Alto Networks. Criminals who wield ransomware are seeing low barriers to entry and enormous potential profits on offer, especially as more victims pay higher ransoms.

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What more can be done to challenge extortionists' seemingly limitless ability to disrupt corporate networks as they demand ransom payoffs?

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group as part of its RSA Conference 2021 coverage, Miller-Osborn discusses:

  • Crypto-locking malware and extortion attack trends;
  • The role and hopeful impact of the new Ransomware Task Force coordinated by the Institute for Security and Technology;
  • Ransomware defenses every organization needs to have in place now.

Miller-Osborn manages a team that detects, identifies and differentiates between cyberespionage and cybercrime actors and groups - and then shares that threat intelligence. For almost 20 years, she has worked in cyberthreat intelligence and served as a subject matter expert for U.S. federal agencies. She has influenced national cybersecurity policies and regularly briefs at all levels of government and the private sector.

About the Author

Mathew J. Schwartz

Mathew J. Schwartz

Executive Editor, DataBreachToday & Europe, ISMG

Schwartz is an award-winning journalist with two decades of experience in magazines, newspapers and electronic media. He has covered the information security and privacy sector throughout his career. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2014, where he now serves as the executive editor, DataBreachToday and for European news coverage, Schwartz was the information security beat reporter for InformationWeek and a frequent contributor to DarkReading, among other publications. He lives in Scotland.

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