Before you can prevent a law firm ransomware attack, you need to know what ransomware is. Ransomware is a type of malware/cryptovirus, like an encryption Trojan, that encrypts your data or locks your operating system. As soon as ransomware gets hold of a “digital hostage”, such as a file, it demands a ransom for its release. In the majority of cases, it is unbreakable and the owner/system admin will have to pay a fee to regain access. Over the last few years, this has happened numerous times to major institutions, including divisions of local government.