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June 2021 Water Sector Cyber Threat Briefing by WaterISAC Ransomware: Insights and Recommendations on a National Security Threat

Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET

Ransomware has become a national security threat, with impacts beyond just the costs of remediation for the victims themselves and increasingly including the possibility of disruptions to critical infrastructure operations and real harms to livelihoods and society. The Ransomware Task Force, a group made up of more than 60 experts spanning government, industry, and non-profit sectors, made this and other observations in its seminal Combating Ransomware report, which WaterISAC notified members about upon its release in April. And just a little over a week after the report’s release, sophisticated cyber threat actors launched a ransomware attack against the Colonial Pipeline, an event that further demonstrated the criticality of this threat.

Join the Cyber Threat Web Briefing on June 23, when Aviation ISAC President and CEO Jeffrey Troy will share his perspectives on ransomware, having served on the Ransomware Task Force and contributing to its report. He also led the development of the National Council of ISACs report Strengthening Cryptocurrency Regulation and Anti-Money Laundering Tools to Reduce the Impact of Ransomware, which WaterISAC shared with members in November 2020.

Jeff will discuss some of these two reports’ most significant findings and provide his insights into how some of their recommendations might be implemented. And more than just a discussion of high-level policies that have been proposed, he will identify ways water and wastewater systems and other critical infrastructures can get involved to help address one of today’s most pressing cybersecurity challenges.

As with almost all WaterISAC web briefings, this event will include a Q&A session, so come prepared with questions to ask. Attendees are also encouraged to send their questions in advance, which can be submitted by emailing analyst@waterisac.org.