In less than a decade, ransomware has evolved from a niche form of cybercrime to a dominant attack vector that threatens governments, businesses, and individuals alike. Stories of attacks in the last few years demonstrate the crippling effects wrought by ransomware: hospitals without access to digital medical records, school districts unable to conduct distance learning, fuel supply pipelines shut down for days. Government and private industry are united in recognizing the threat and the need for an all-hands-on-deck approach to reducing attacks and mitigating damage. But they are united, too, in acknowledging the intrinsic difficulty to solving the problems presented by cybercrime generally and ransomware specifically, admitting that no silver bullet exists.
Georgetown Law, J.D. 2021; Luther College, B.A. in Music 2013