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CIO's Have It Wrong When It Comes to Ransomware

Ryan Cote
02 October 2023

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“Ransomware attacks are really not a one-off situation. We’re at a point now where we just have to accept that they are going to happen.”

In this paper, Ryan Cote, former U.S. DOT CIO, calls attention to the urgent need to reevaluate current defensive strategies against ransomware, highlighting the inefficiencies of outdated approaches and limitations of current cybersecurity tools and backup and recovery strategies.CIO's Have it Wrong When It Comes to Ransomware



The reality is the risk of becoming a victim of ransomware today could not be greater. Cote discusses the need to reevaluate current strategies and discusses Nubeva’s innovative, proven Ransomware Reversal solution.  The simple and elegant solution securely captures encryption keys at the moment of a ransomware attack, allowing organizations to decrypt files without paying ransoms. This approach enables organizations to significantly reduce the risk of downtime and fill the gap between security and backup solutions. 

Now an advisor to Nubeva, Cote stresses the importance of reinforcing cyber defenses with advanced, multifaceted strategies to maintain operational resilience and business continuity. The old approaches simply aren’t effective enough anymore.  Data resiliency strategy cannot be dependent simply on backups or snapshots. Protect your data from ransomware attacks the only way it makes sense. Decryption.

RYAN COTE is a Chief Information Officer (CIO) with more than 30 years of experience delivering IT-empowered business solutions that drive growth and efficiency for high-performing companies. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Ryan has an accomplished background working in the Federal government and businesses of all sizes, from small and mid-sized businesses to Fortune 100 companies. From 2019-2021, Ryan was the CIO at the U.S. DOT, where he served as the principal advisor to the Secretary on all IT-related strategy. Prior to the Federal government, Ryan worked at Gartner, Inc., the world’s leading IT research and advisory company. As a CIO Executive Partner, Ryan advised fellow CIOs through Gartner’s Executive Partners Program. Ryan is also a Gartner Research Board Alumnus. Ryan holds an Executive M.S. in Technology Management from Columbia University and serves on numerous advisory boards.