Since the aptly named WannaCry ransomware locked down data on over 300,000 machines across Europe and the United States, IT professionals have started more closely at how ransomware may affect their organizations . And while security experts maintain that cybersecurity is a companywide effort, attorneys often leave cyber concerns to the technical support teams.

A panel at this week’s Legalweek West conference, “The Emergence of Ransomware and Other Targeted Exploits: Prevention & Effective Response,” pushed legal practitioners to understand and take some responsibility for ransomware. David Bustle, director of information technology (IT) at Buchalter Nemer; Jeewon Kim Serrato, counsel and head of the global privacy and data protection group at Shearman & Sterling; and Roy Zur, CEO of Cybint Solutions, teamed up to offer a primer on the ransomware landscape and what organizations can do to head off the potential risks it poses.

What Is Ransomware?

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