Ransomware has been a threat to law firms since 2013 causing downtime, frustration, and above all a ransom cost. For those of you who don’t know, ransomware is usually downloaded unknowingly by a user which is then executed on the users workstation. It may be downloaded from the internet or an email attachment. Once executed, the tiny application encrypts your firm’s data across the network rendering all data unusable. In exchange for the decryption of your data back to normal, a ransom is asked for in the form of 3 to 5 bitcoin which can be anywhere between $1,000 – $4,000 USD.
New technologies that Rekall has adopted by Sophos safeguard against crippling ransomware attacks. Rekall law firms are protected in two way against ransomware. First, Rekall’s spam filter automatically tracks and holds any attachments that are deemed suspicious. The attached files are then sent to Sophos servers automatically and opened in a “sandbox” where no damage can be done. If no viruses, spyware, malware or ransomware is detected the message is then sent to the recipient’s inbox. If the file is found to be malicious, the message is flagged in the user’s daily spam report and the attachment is automatically removed for safety.
The second way Rekall law firms are protected against ransomware has to do with localized firewall security. Rekall firewalls scan all internet traffic both in and outbound for spyware, malware, viruses and ransomware. When a malicious download is attempted, the firewall takes over by blocking the download and explaining to the user within the browser why the download was blocked.
Due to automated security measures like these Rekall law firms are among the most secure law firms in the country.