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The NCCoE Releases Preliminary Draft Report on Ransomware Risk Management

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The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) has released a new preliminary draft report, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Interagency or Internal Report (NISTIR) 8374, Cybersecurity Framework Profile for Ransomware Risk Management.

Ransomware is a type of malicious attack where attackers encrypt an organization’s data and demand payment to restore access. In some instances, attackers may also steal an organization’s information and demand an additional payment in return for not disclosing the information to authorities, competitors, or the public. Ransomware can disrupt or halt organizations’ operations.

This report defines a Ransomware Profile, which identifies security objectives from the NIST Cybersecurity Framework that support preventing, responding to, and recovering from ransomware events. The profile can be used as a guide to managing the risk of ransomware events. That includes helping gauge an organization’s level of readiness to mitigate ransomware threats and to react to the potential impact of events.

We Want to Hear from You!

Review the preliminary draft report and submit comments to ransomware@nist.gov on or before July 9, 2021. We value and welcome your input and look forward to your comments.

NIST is adopting an agile and iterative methodology to publish this content, making it available as soon as possible, rather than delaying its release until all the elements are completed. NISTIR 8374 will have at least one additional public comment period before final publication.

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Released June 10, 2021, Updated June 9, 2021