A Legal Professional’s Guide to Enabling Ransomware Protection in Windows 10

With so many lawyers, litigation support professionals, paralegals and other members of the legal services industry working from home (and using personal devices to store client data), the importance of taking any and all preventative steps to protect against cyberthreats cannot be overstated. Especially, with the runaway ransomware trends we are currently seeing.

In this ESI Survival Guide video segment, we explore a feature that is part of the Microsoft Defender suite of cybersecurity controls in Windows 10 that, though extremely important in today’s cyberthreat landscape, is still rather obscure to many.

I’m talking about the “Manage Ransomware Protection” feature.

Here you will learn how easy it is to enable it, and you will also learn that, though effective, it isn’t a perfect solution (nothing ever is). I walk through two quick and easy ways to enable ransomware protection in Windows 10 while showing you all the clicks as I go.

Special acknowledgement to the following people/sites/channels:

Brooke Crothers with Forbes.com

Paul Lilly with PCGamer.com

Blackfog.com

Teri Schreider

The PC Security Channel 

And please…stay safe out there in the electronic wilderness!

Written by Matthew Knouff

Matthew F. Knouff, Esq., CIPP/US, CEDS, RCSP, VP & eDiscovery Counsel, CDS New York Matthew has been navigating the ESI and data law wilderness for over fifteen years as an attorney, consultant and academic. He currently serves as VP & eDiscovery Counsel with Complete Discovery Source, Inc., an award-winning global provider of eDiscovery and data management services and technology. He is an expert in eDiscovery law and process, global data privacy and the movement of data across borders. In addition to contributing to and holding leadership positions with several organizations dedicated to supporting the legal profession, he has developed numerous CLE programs and assessment tools, and frequently speaks and writes on various topics related to the intersection of data, law and technology. He holds the CIPP/US, CEDS and RCSP certifications, is an avid distance runner, an active board member with Education Through Music, a Tarheel through and through, and a life-long musician. Matthew lives with his son in New York City’s Lower East Side.

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