Counter ransom initiative statement

Department of Home Affairs

I congratulate the International Counter Ransomware Initiative (CRI) on the success of its annual Summit held in Washington this week and their work to step up the fight against ransomware.

All 50 members involved reaffirmed our joint commitment to cooperate internationally to combat the scourge of ransomware and fight back against the ransomware ecosystem.

I want to highlight the CRI’s shared commitment to not give into ransomware extortion demands and work together to assist any CRI member who gets hit by a ransomware attack.

The forthcoming 2023-2030 Australian Cyber Security Strategy will look at ways that we can work with industry to break the ransomware business model.

The Strategy will also identify way that we can enhance the guidance and support provided to victims of ransomware.

These are the essential steps we need to take as we work towards becoming a world-leading cyber secure and resilient nation by 2030.

I would also like to welcome the addition of Albania, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Greece, INTERPOL, Jordan, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, and Uruguay as new CRI members.

This expanded coalition will further strengthen international efforts to build cross-border resilience against ransomware attacks in the Indo-Pacific.

A key aim for the CRI is boosting industry participation in combating cybercrime and broadening partnerships between governments and industry.

International and industry partnerships are our vital force multiplier in coordinating responses against ransomware criminals. Collaboration sits at the heart of our work.

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Counter Ransomware Initiative joint statement.

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