Cities Key in War on Ransomware, Neuberger Tells Mayors


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When the cybersecurity industry talks about how critical public-private collaboration is to fending off and responding to threats, most of the “public” part of the conversation centers around the federal government, with individual states more recently finding a louder voice.

But an all-out defense against the kind of attacks recently seen against supply chains, critical infrastructure and OT targets requires the involvement of government at all levels, which is likely why mayors from across the country were asked by Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology Anne Neuberger “to immediately convene heads of state agencies to review their cybersecurity posture and continuity plans.”

Speaking virtually to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Neuberger said the Biden administration is hammering out a “cohesive and consistent approach” to guide cities on how to handle ransomware attacks, including whether they should pay a ransom or not.

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