Protect Your Law Firm's Confidential Data: Summary of the ABA's 2016 Seminar
Dec. 8, 2016
The American Bar Association Law Practice Division sponsored a seminar, Cybersecurity: Ethically Protecting Your Confidential Data in a Breach-A-Day World, by Hemmans/Reis in April 2016. The seminar was extremely informative and pertinent.
All the seminar slides and notes can be viewed here.
Short on time?
I've compiled the following key slides, takeaways, and extra notes I took from the seminar:
What do hackers want from law firms?
Personally identifiable information – not just credit card numbers, but your employee info too
Intellectual property/Trade Secrets - Yours as well as your clients
Information on litigation & transactions
National security data
Deny / disrupt service - just because they can!
Law firms are ethically required to do the following:
ABA Aug. 2012 Model Rule 1.1  Amendments Maintaining Competence: “…a lawyer should keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology…” Adopted by 20 states as of Mar. 2016
Model Rule 1.6 Confidentiality of Information Addition to rule “(c) A lawyer shall make reasonable efforts to prevent the unintended disclosure of, or unauthorized access to, information relating to the representation of a client.”
Preventing yourself or your law firm from being hacked
Cindy Wiedman, founded Wiedman Insurance Services, LLC (LiabilityPro Insurance Advisors*) August 1, 2014. Cindy is a Registered Professional Liability Underwriter (RPLU) and has designed and administered professional liability insurance programs over a 35-year career working for various insurance administrators in the Midwest such as Shand Morahan & Company, Kirke Van Orsdel, Marsh and Lockton Affinity.
*Currently working with investment advisory businesses domiciled in Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, Illinois and Nebraska.
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