Recording: The Societal Impact of Ransomware

Without understanding the societal harms ransomware inflicts, we risk misconceiving the nature and scale of the challenge.

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RUSI and the University of Kent are delighted to launch the ‘Ransomware Harms and the Victim Experience’ project, funded by RICSC and the National Cyber Security Centre. The first discussion in this project explores the harms caused by ransomware, its societal impact and the implications for government, law enforcement and industry. The event will explore the less understood aspects of cybercrime victimisation, such as the psychological harms and the impact on physical health.

Designing effective policy responses to challenges presented by ransomware, particularly around the underreporting of ransomware victims’ willingness to pay ransoms, requires insight into the impacts upon organisations, the individuals that work for them, and the people that use or buy their services.


  • Jen Ellis, Co-Chair, Ransomware Task Force
  • Will Lyne, National Cybercrime Unit, National Crime Agency
  • Jamie MacColl, Research Fellow, RUSI
  • Eleanor Fairford, Deputy Director, Incident Management, National Cyber Security Centre
  • Joe Tidy, BBC
Ransomware Harms and the Victim Experience

This project examines the impact of ransomware on victims, economies and societies.


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