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Worried About Complying with ABA Opinion 483 on Cybersecurity? Fear No More

In response to the omnipresent threat of cyberattacks, the ABA issued Formal Opinion 483, which addresses the obligations imposed upon lawyers to safeguard their clients’ data. Here’s how to achieve compliance.

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In response to the omnipresent threat of cyberattacks, on Oct. 16, the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility issued Formal Opinion 483. The Opinion addresses the obligations imposed upon lawyers to safeguard their clients’ data and to notify them of a data breach. While the ABA meticulously listed the six Model Rules which support its conclusions that lawyers have a duty to become proficient in cybersecurity, it did not identify how to achieve compliance. This article bridges that gap.

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