The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook. A Resource for Attorneys, by Jill D. Rhodes, Vincent I. Polley

By Jill D. Rhodes, Vincent I. Polley

The ABA Cybersecurity instruction manual: A source for lawyers, legislation companies and enterprise execs presents sensible cyber chance info, suggestions, and techniques to legal professionals and legislation companies of all sizes. The advisor considers the interrelationship among attorney and purchaser, constructing what felony tasks tasks are owed to the buyer within the occasion of a cyber assault. The ebook offers thoughts to assist legislation businesses safeguard opposed to the cyber danger, and in addition deals info on the best way to most sensible to reply if breached.

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50 Wireless communication creates opportunities for hackers to intercept sensitive data such as passwords for logging in to corporate networks and online banking sites. Public Wi-Fi locations such as airports, hotels, and coffee shops—convenient places to check e-mail—often do not have security features necessary to protect confidential client data. Hackers can use a proxy server to create a fake Wi-Fi hotspot (an “evil twin”) and intercept or redirect confidential communications. 51 Business Partners Can Be a Weak Link—A Two-Edged Sword for Law Firms The Mandiant APT report52 emphasized the significant problem of business partners as an attack vector into companies of strategic interest to global hackers.

Responsibilities to Protect Sensitive and Confidential Data Lawyers must safeguard their own business records, including intellectual property, lawyer work product, and financial and employment records, to name a few. 2 Clients provide records to a lawyer or law firm on a consensual basis. In those circumstances, clients may be informed about or believe they understand the security posture of the law firm. Throughout the course of representing clients, lawyers receive volumes of sensitive and confidential data and information—attorney-client privilege information, client trade secrets, and all types of personally identifiable information (PII), such as financial, health-care, and law enforcement records.

Ignorance of the risk is no longer an option or an excuse. Context For many, the issues of cyber and data security may have seemed to creep up on us. For others, it has been more like a two-by-four hitting us in the face. In fact, it has been a series of threats, building over the course of years, that has left us in our current, potentially vulnerable, position. In the 1990s and the earlier part of the last decade, computer security problems were mostly attributable to internal failings (mistakes in computer configuration, accidental loss of laptops, and some employee malfeasance), and to a lesser extent, malicious actions by outsiders.

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