OFAC’s Updated Advisory on Ransomware Wisely Manages Fine Line and Encourages Strong Cybersecurity Practices

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control published an updated advisory addressing ransomware payments and steps to mitigate sanctions risks. In response, Angelena Bradfield, BPI senior vice president, AML/BSA, sanctions and privacy, issued the following statement:

Today’s announcement wisely manages the fine line between discouraging ransomware payments and penalizing the victims, such as America’s schools, hospitals and critical infrastructure. To avoid penalties, firms will need to establish good practices and also work promptly and effectively with law enforcement. We commend these efforts to encourage strong cybersecurity practices, and as the Administration moves forward with additional policy solutions to deter ransomware actors, BPI members remain committed partners and have proposed recommendations to assist efforts to mitigate this nefarious activity.


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