How Law Firms Can Prevent, Detect and Respond to Ransomware Attacks

Sophisticated cyberattacks target law firms and courts, seeking their troves of valuable information about powerful entities. Researchers have identified files from 17 law firms available on the dark web, and ransom demands for law firms have reached as high as $42 million. Ransomware also has crippled law practice management software and blocked lawyers from accessing case files. Panelists at recent American Bar Association and U.S. Chamber of Commerce presentations, who also spoke separately to the Cybersecurity Law Report, discussed key ransomware developments of the past year for all enterprises, provided steps to prevent attacks and addressed ransomware’s distinct challenges for attorneys and law firms. See “Steps to Take After OFAC and FinCEN’s Warnings on Ransomware Payoffs” (Oct. 21, 2020).

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