Is Your Law Firm Prepared for a Ransomware Attack?

You probably know just enough about information security to understand that big data is under attack. But there are a variety of concerns a company should have, and one of them needs to be Ransomware. What is this and how can it affect your firm? It sounds like something out of a bad movie, but it’s real. Ransomware is malicious software designed to prevent you from accessing your own computer systems until you pay a large sum of money. The risk is out there, and when your law firm holds a lot of important data, you may be a target. Here are some things to consider.

Educate your users.

The more people know about what not to do the safer their technology usage will be. Be sure to educate your staff on the dangers of Ransomware and how clicking on the wrong links can cause a huge problem. But this needs to extend beyond your internal employees. If you have an office visitor or client using your computers, be sure they also work safely.

Maintain your systems.

Another way to make sure that Ransomware is not going to be affecting your data is to consistently maintain your information security systems. Putting in a security protocol is not a one-and-done process. Ransomware and hackers are constantly updating their own game which means data previously safe can be vulnerable in a matter of minutes.

Work with a professional.

This is the reason you should work with an information security specialist to ensure that your company and client data is always secure. Why learn extensive information technology solutions when you should be focused on the business of law? There are plenty of people with the right background who can help your company on a full-time or contract basis.

Have a backup plan in place.

Lastly, be sure you have a backup plan in place in case there is a problem with Ransomware or other data security issues. Your InfoSec consultant can work with you to develop a backup storage solution or program to help maintain the security of your data for your sake and the sake of all your client’s private information.

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