Law firms can fall victim to a ransomware attack just as any other small to medium-sized business can. Ransomware attacks — it can happen to literally anyone. If you’re not working with a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) specialist your firm and its sensitive client data could be at risk of a ransomware attack.
Ask yourself and the partners at your law firm: How much can we afford to risk? This isn’t a question too many lawyers or law firms ask themselves, but it is a question that needs to be answered, and planned for. In the small business realm, close to 60% of all company’s stricken by a ransomware attack never recover and close its doors.
Could your law firm recover? Would your reputation suffer so badly that your clients leave your practice? Law firms need to have a BCDR plan in place and need to test it and assure yourself that if your firm was attacked by a cyber criminal that it could recover its data and continue forward.
Ask yourself these Internet security questions about your law firm:
- What is your firm’s post-ransomware attack for recovery?
- Does your law firm’s cybersecurity insurance policy cover the cost of being down for more than a week? Do you have insurance in place for a cyberattack?
- Has your post-attack plan been tested this year?
- Are you working with a BCDR specialist or are you relying on the firm’s “IT Guy” to protect the firm from a ransomware attack — but more importantly has your IT Guy put a business continuity and data recovery plan in place for the firm?
Protection against a ransomware attack is something your firm needs to work on today! Do your due diligence when hiring a BCDR professional as his or her expertise is what could be the difference between a short amount of downtime or a law firm ending shut down from which it may not recover.
How To Protect Your Law Firm From A Ransomware Attack
How many days could your law firm afford to be shut down following a ransomware attack? How would the attorneys in your firm access client records? How would potential new clients find you and hire your firm if your website has gone dark because of a ransomware attack? If you don’t have a BCDR plan in place would your firm be able to afford to pay the ransom to “buy back” your site? Also, how would you know that if you paid the ransom that you’re getting a site back that is not infiltrated with malware and spyware that could continue to wreak havoc? If you haven’t hired a BCDR specialist, the answer is, “you can’t be sure.”
If you have any concerns your law practice has been or could be, compromised give us a call or send us an email. Being proactive and protecting your law firm from potential cyber-attacks, phishing scams and ransomware is your best plan of attack. We can help you put cybersecurity measures in place to protect your organization’s private, secure information.
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