Growing up on the small islands of New Zealand, Romaine Marshall likely had no clue that a basketball scholarship to America would eventually lead him to become one of the foremost cybersecurity lawyers in the country. 

Originally a political science major with no intentions of going to law school, Marshall was encouraged by his professors at Brigham Young University-Idaho to go beyond basketball, and shoot for a different kind of hoop. 

Almost on a whim, Marshall decided to take the LSAT and was accepted into the law school at BYU—a top 20 program in the country. From there, his career trajectory took off like a buzzer beater shot from the three-point line.

After working as an attorney for several firms in Salt Lake City, including the prominent firm Kirton McKonkie, Romaine eventually began his own private practice with an emphasis on cybersecurity, data privacy and litigation surrounding what organizations must do to be more secure. Check out the full podcast episode!

The Evolution of the Cyber Threat Landscape

We used to have a much different idea of the average hacker than what is actually the reality of the situation. 

These days, with digitization, cloud-computing and even cryptocurrencies all becoming the common way of doing businesses, cybercriminals also had to evolve. Now, they are far more cunning, using new forms of old tools like ransomware.

What is Ransomware?

In short, it’s extortion. Earl and Romaine talk about how ransomware used to be deployed to infect and lock down a computer or server, then the criminal would demand money for the release of that device back to its owner. Nowadays, ransomware is more sophisticated and much more dangerous. Cybercriminals are now using it to take over entire networks, encrypting all files and data within it until payment is made. 

Ransomware is often targeted at employees, and one of the most dangerous aspects is that it can be deployed through phishing emails. That’s why it’s so important to educate staff on the threats and how to recognize them.

How to Defend Against Cyber Threats

In order to protect yourself or your business from cybercriminals, there are a few steps you should take:

  • Make sure all systems and devices are up-to-date with the latest software patches
  • Invest in a comprehensive security system
  • Train employees on cybersecurity best practices
  • Implement robust data protection procedures such as regular backups

Laws and Regulations Designed to Protect Against Cyber Threats

The government also has a role to play in protecting citizens from malicious actors. Organizations can now be held accountable for data breaches and other cyberattacks, leading to the development of laws and regulations such as:

  • The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
  • The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) 

Experts at Your Side

Romaine Marshall is committed to making sure people, organizations and businesses have the tools they need to protect themselves from cyberthreats. With his deep understanding of technology, law, and public policy, he helps clients navigate changing regulations, ensure compliance with the law, assess risks, and develop strategies for managing their data securely.

If you are looking for an experienced cybersecurity expert and a team of professionals ready to help you mitigate the threat of cyberattacks, please consider Nexus IT for all your cybersecurity needs. Contact us today for more information!