Cyber-incidents have become an immutable fact of life for many industries, but they can be particularly harmful to e-discovery companies and their networks of “very expansive systems.”  It’s a notion that Epiq Global unwittingly reinforced last week after the e-discovery and managed services company was hit with an attack involving the “Ryuk” ransomware protocol. According to the Center for Internet Security, Ryuk is a crypto-ransomware that “uses encryption to block access to a system, device or file” until a ransom is paid.

While it’s not a style of attack unique to the e-discovery space, other vendors in the industry could still find themselves reevaluating their own security postures to avoid the same system disruptions that continue to plague Epiq’s Restructuring and Bankruptcy, Class Action and Mass Tort and Legal Solutions businesses.

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