Counter Ransomware Initiative

​​​​I​nternational Counter Ransomware Task Force

On 2 November 2022, the Minister for Home Affairs and Cyber Security the Hon Clare O’Neil announced Australia would Chair an International Counter Ransomware Task Force (ICRTF).This comes under the Counter Ransomware Initiative.

The role of the ICRTF is to translate research, finding and policy discussions into:

  • cross-sectoral tools
  • cyber threat intelligence exchanges
  • collective best practice guidance for countering ransomware.

The ICRTF is also how the CRI connects with industry for defensive and disruptive threat sharing and actions.

The Department of Home Affairs coordinates Australia’s lines of effort among the members of the ICRTF.

The ICRTF was formally established on 23 January 2023.

Read the news article Global task force to fight ransomware commences operations​.

On 9 May 2023, the ICRTF and CRI Policy Pillar released ​a joint statement​ following a meeting in Belfast, UK. ​​

​​​Counter Ransomware Initiative​​

​​​​The Department of Home Affairs leads Australia’s efforts under the United States-led Counter Ransomware Initiative. The Counter Ransomware Initiative seeks to enhance international cooperation to combat the growth of ransomware. It also aims to:

  • build cross-border resilience
  • collectively disrupt and defend against malicious cyber actors.

As at 1 July the members of the Counter Ransomware Initiative are:

  • Albania
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Dominican Republic
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Lithuania
  • Mexico
  • The Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Republic of Korea
  • Romania
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Ukraine
  • the EU.

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