eu-LISA became the partner of the No More Ransom initiative when it was launched in 2016 by the Dutch National Police, Europol, McAfee and Kaspersky Lab. One year later the major ransomware attacks continue to dominate the news, hitting businesses, governments and individuals all over the world. The total number of users who encountered ransomware between April 2016 and March 2017 rose by 11.4% compared to the previous 12 months, from 2,315,931 to 2,581,026 users around the world.
Today there are more than 100 partners who jointly support the No More Ransom initiative. Many up to date prevention tips are available on www.nomoreransom.org. The site now carries 54 decryption tools, provided by 9 partners and covering 104 kinds (families) of ransomware. The No More Ransom platform is available in 26 languages. So far, the tools available have managed to decrypt more than 28,000 devices.
However, if you do become a victim, - DON'T PAY the ransom and report it to the police. This is the key-message of the campaign and the advice from eu-LISA who continues to be the firm supporter of the "No More Ransom!" campaign.
On Friday 21 July, eu-LISA welcomed in the headquarters of the Agency the members of the Standing Committee on Operational Cooperation on Internal Security (COSI) and the Coordinating Committee in the Area of Police and Juridical Cooperation in Criminal Matters (CATS).
The Executive Director Krum Garkov greeted the joint delegation of around 30 members of the Council of the European Union two working groups, operating in the area of home affairs and justice. Presentations were given by the Head of the General Coordination Unit Mailis Pukonen and the Head of the Operations Department Bernard Kirch who highlighted the tasks and responsibilities of eu-LISA, operating the current EU large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice, as well as the enhanced mandate of the Agency, proposed by the European Commission on 29 June, currently discussed by the co-legislators.
The visit into eu-LISA was part of the meetings under the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The joint informal meeting of COSI and CATS took place on 20 and 21 July. eu-LISA was represented at this meeting by the Executive Director, who gave a presentation about the interoperability solutions for large-scale IT systems, and the Head of the General Coordination Unit.
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