NSA director says public can expect ransomware attacks 'every single day' for next five years

NSA director says public can expect ransomware attacks 'every single day' for next five years
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The director of the National Security Agency said on Tuesday that ransomware attacks can be expected "every single day" within the next five years.

Attempts to mitigate the threat the attacks present must be constant, Paul Nakasone said at the cybersecurity firm Mandiant's "Cyber Defense Summit."

"We are persistently engaged, and being persistently engaged, you have unique insights that you can develop. You have unique capabilities you can bring forward. There are matters upon which you can engage your adversaries," Nakasone said.

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"I think if you leave that, then your adversaries have determined, in due course, what they are going to do," he continued.

When asked about how often the public should expect cyberattacks in five years, he said "every single day."

Ransomware attacks have become popular instruments during the COVID-19 pandemic, and schools and hospitals have been targeted to gain access to encrypted data, according to a report.

They became widely recognized as a national security threat after high-profile strikes on Colonial Pipeline, meat producer JBS USA, and IT company Kaseya.

President Joe Biden is wary of the threat of ransomware attacks and pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin to act against the cybercriminals inside Russia, according to comments made at a meeting between the two in Geneva.

The Biden administration will bring together 30 countries to discuss cybersecurity later in October, the White House announced.

Deputy National Security Adviser for Cyber and Emerging Technology Anne Neuberger called the forthcoming gathering a "counterransomware initiative" centering on "cryptocurrency, resilience, disruption, and diplomacy."

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"There's been a great deal of interest in countries around the world participating in these tracks, discussing how we partner and discussing how we build an enduring partnership to make us most effective, and it's exciting to work with allies and partners to make forward progress against these hard problems," Neuberger said.

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