Ransomware 101 for Lawyers: Protection, Response and Recovery

Level: Beginner
Runtime: 61 minutes
Recorded Date: September 17, 2020
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  • Ransomware Target Law Firms
  • Exposure Threats
  • Duty to Safeguard
  • Ransomware in Action
  • Duty to Report
  • Prevention
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: September 17, 2020


Ransomware is a growing threat for businesses and organizations of all sizes, including law firms. Attackers encrypt the victim's data and require payment by cryptocurrency for the decryption key. Some attackers now also steal the data before encrypting it and demand ransom to prevent disclosure.

This program was recorded on September 17th, 2020.

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American Bar Association


Sherri Davidoff

Founder & CEO
LMG Security

Sherri is the CEO of LMG Security and the author of the recently released book “Data Breaches.” As a recognized expert in cybersecurity and data breach response, Sherri has been called a “security badass” by The New York Times. She has conducted cybersecurity training for many distinguished organizations, including the Department of Defense, the American Bar Association, FFIEC/FDIC, and many more. She is a faculty member at the Pacific Coast Banking School, and an instructor for Black Hat, where she teaches her “Data Breaches” course. She is also the co-author of Network Forensics: Tracking Hackers Through Cyberspace (Prentice Hall, 2012), a noted security text in the private sector and a college textbook for many cybersecurity courses. Sherri is a GIAC-certified forensic examiner (GCFA) and penetration tester (GPEN), and holds her degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT. She has also been featured as the protagonist in the book, Breaking and Entering: The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called “Alien”.

Dave Ries

Of Counsel
Clark Hill, PLC

David G. Ries has devoted his legal career to helping organizations traverse complex environmental, technology, and data protection challenges.

David focuses on supporting data security and privacy clients by providing innovative solutions, designing a strategy for implementing comprehensive compliance programs and for responding to security incidents and regulatory actions and court claims relating to confidential business, employee, and customer data.

Information governance, including document storage and destruction, is multifaceted and constantly changing as individual regulatory bodies redefine the rules and court rulings place new responsibilities on businesses. David earned a distinguished reputation among his clients for his ability to understand the intricacies of governance and to provide actionable and sustainable recommendations.

David’s extensive experience and understanding of the evolution in cybersecurity law, as well as his position as a member of the American Bar Association's Cybersecurity Legal Task Force, make him a sought-after speaker in cybersecurity circles. He is the co-author of Locked Down: Practical Information Security for Lawyers, Second Edition, and Encryption Made Simple for Lawyers. He is also the editor of eDiscovery, Fourth Edition, and a contributing author to Information Security and Privacy: A Legal, Business and Technical Handbook, Second Edition.

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