Karen Randall Discusses Law Firm Ransomware Attacks for NJSBA's Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Summit

12.01.2020 | 9:00 AM - 3:45 PM
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Karen Painter Randall, Chair of Connell Foley's Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Group, presents "Ransomware Minefields: You Don't Always Have to Pay" for the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) webinar "2020/21 Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Summit: Practical Strategies to Prepare for the Impending Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Crisis" on December 1, 2020.  Karen is also the founder and Chair of the NJSBA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force.

Law firms are a prime target for debilitating ransomware attacks. According to the American Bar Association, 25% of all law firms have experienced some form of a data breach. Just recently, hackers demanded an all-time high $42 million ransom from a New York law firm after a breach affecting 750 gigabytes of personal information on A-list celebrity clients. Threats of publicly releasing highly sensitive information are now part of the attack life cycle. Hackers know professional service firms are the gatekeeper of sensitive client information. With a new normal awaiting the workforce when it returns to an office environment, it is more important than ever for firms of all sizes to educate themselves on cyber risk and take steps to protect themselves and their clients in the rapidly evolving ransomware threat landscape.

This program will provide an in-depth discussion about ransomware attacks on law firms and what to do if the firm finds itself facing such a dire scenario to help make decisions to minimize financial, ethical and reputational harm.

Joining Karen in this presentation is Elizabeth Cookson, Associate Director of Cyber Investigations and Global Ransomware for Coveware. Ms. Cookson is a cyber investigator with seven years of experience in threat intelligence and digital forensics, with a focus on ransomware. She provides expertise on ransomware and cyber extortion trends, negotiation tactics, and data breach risk analysis.

For more information or to register, please visit the 2020/21 NJSBA Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Summit.

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