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With the Panama Paper incident and other noteworthy recent law firm security breaches top of mind (see, “Hackers Breach Law Firms,” Wall Street Journal (March 29, 2016)), law firms in the U.S. and around the world are increasingly concerned about being hacked by cybercriminals (see, “Cyberattack Exposes Law Firms’ Weak Spots,” Wall Street Journal (Dec. 29, 2016). In response, many firms have significantly upgraded their perimeter security systems to ensure that only authorized and authenticated users can access their systems. Yet perimeter security is only one part of a comprehensive legal data security strategy and by itself leaves open a weak spot — attackers who, using phishing or other methods, are able to bypass strong perimeter security systems, and once inside find themselves able to access a firm’s emails, documents and other work product.
A Reflection on the Year Behind, the Years Ahead and Why Privacy Means So Much to Us
Part One of a Two-Part Article
In just over a year since GDPR Day, privacy by design has made privacy as a profession one of the fastest growing and hottest verticals in and outside of the legal job market.
By Michael Bahar, Sarah Paul, Mary Jane Wilson-Bilik and Ali Jessani
While legislation to enhance data privacy rights and obligations continue to make headlines, regulators and legislators are also stepping up their cybersecurity expectations. In the first half of 2019, a number of states have updated their existing data breach notification laws and passed new cybersecurity requirements.
By Gevorg Karapetyan
Bring Your Own Device is one of the biggest compliance-related issues companies face today, and when it comes to security risks, law firms are prime targets. Considering law firms are built on their reputation, firms must make every assurance that the technology they use will protect their data.
By Debra Frank Montero
As data security challenges continue to escalate, many law firms and corporate legal departments are upping their efforts to strengthen cyber defenses and minimize risks.