John J. Jablonski Quoted in "High Attack Risk Forces Firms to Weigh Ransomware Options," Law360 April 28, 2017

John J. Jablonski, a partner and co-chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Cyber Risk Practice Group, commented on the vulnerability of law firms to ransomware attacks in a Law360 article about this growing concern among the legal community.

“[A] law firm not prepared for a ransomware attack is in a lose-lose situation because they may have to tell clients that confidential information has been compromised without knowing how bad it really is,” John told Law 360. “In addition, they don’t have the materials they need to run their business.”

The article came in the wake of a data breach last year at a Rhode Island real estate and finance firm. When hackers attacked, the firm not only had to report to their clients that their sensitive information had been compromised, and to pay the hackers’ demanded ransom — the firm’s operations also halted, as they had no backups of the stolen files. Ransomware and other cybersecurity attacks can quickly spiral out of control, leading to huge operating losses, insurance coverage disputes, and damage to a firm’s or other company’s reputation.

John is a recognized authority on cyber risks, cybersecurity insurance, and strategies to protect and preserve data. John was the Program Chair of the Defense Research Institute’s first Data Breach and Privacy Law Seminar, and has often written and spoken to legal and technology industry leaders on the subject. He will also be sharing his insights on cybersecurity at the PICPA Data Privacy and Security for Professional Service Organizations program in Philadelphia this May 24.

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