Law Firms and the Scourge of Ransomware: How to Prevent, Detect, Respond, and Recover
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April 23, 2021
Bucks County Bar Association
Solo and Small Practice
BitDefender’s Mid-Year Threat Landscape Report 2020 showed that ransomware attacks were seven times more prevalent in the first half of 2020 compared to the first half of 2019. Today’s ransomware often steals your confidential data before its encryption. Frequently, we now see two ransoms demanded, one for the decryption key and one for a promise (because cybercriminals are so honorable) to destroy your data. Many law firms are paying, sometimes because they have cyberinsurance and paying is cheaper than being inoperative for an extended period of time. How do law firms get ransomware? How can they defend against it? If stricken, how should they handle the attack? Should you pay the ransomware? Is it illegal to pay the ransomware? Spoiler alert: Sometimes it is. How do you recover from a ransomware attack? Our experts will offer chilling stories of law firms crippled by ransomware along with tips for defending against and responding to ransomware.
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