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Ransomeware

The legal profession has not escaped the insidious onslaught of ransomware attacks that propagate as if a digital pandemic. I have researched nearly 1,200 ransomware attacks, of which over 40 occurred within the legal profession. I say directly, as many hundreds of other law firms and court systems were indirectly affected when their managed service providers (MSP) such as TrialWorks (October 2019) and Epiq Global (March 2020) were attacked. The aftermath of these attacks ranged from lost access to critical trial data, trial postponements, and requests for delays in various court proceedings. Suddenly losing access to case management and e-Discovery systems can be catastrophic.

Everyone Is Fair Game

Ransomware victims include law firms, courts, and legal service providers. Of the 42 legal profession organizations affected by ransomware, law firms are at the top of the list.

Size does not insulate an organization from the havoc a ransomware attack can inflict. Firms as large as $2.5 billion DLA Piper or a single attorney practice have experienced the effects of a ransomware attack. My research shows the average number of lawyers employed by law firms affected by ransomware is 180. The figure below shows how I classified the size of a law firms attacked by ransomware.

Ransomware operators view small law firms as having little to no security and in my experience, they would be correct.

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