Nearly every organization is subject to cyber attacks and the loss of sensitive information that can result. Law firms are no exception. A great deal of sensitive material is naturally kept within the files of law firms around the nation, both in private and corporate practice. A panel discussion at a recent meeting of the American Bar Association highlighted the dangers of law firms not having their digital systems fully protected.
Information security can be a tricky subject with a lot of gray area. Many people misunderstand the components of cybersecurity, but understanding is the first step in establishing proper defense.
Numerous panelists at the annual meeting enumerated the many ramifications of cyber breaches and the possible solutions to lessening the possibility of a cyber breach. The Moderator of the panel, Judith Miller, noted that “Cybersecurity needs to be acted on in an ongoing way by lawyers, not just their IT folks and their clients. This is not an impossible task. There is a lot of operational, accessible and affordable support available today to help.” Suzanne Spaulding, a representative from DHS noted that firms can take some basic steps to prevent 90 percent of cyber breaches and panelist, Rep. James Langevin, D-R.I., said that “The importance of robust cyber protections cannot be overstated, and the pace of threats is ever-increasing…”
No organization is free or exempt from cyber intrusions, from high end retailers to government agencies to law firms. Each in their own way store and manage sensitive information about their customers and clients and no one, from the most highly visible national law firm to the smallest private practice can afford to have their systems breached. While no system can be 100 percent secure and still maintain accessibility, law firms can take increased steps to lessen the dangers of a breach and protect their clients.