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Cybersecurity In the Legal Space: Is Your Organization Prepared?

Organizations that continue to be complacent about data security ignore the considerable risks posed by a breach: extended downtime, loss of billable hours, destruction or loss of sensitive data and work product, and the potentially catastrophic costs associated with repairing the damage — both to their technology infrastructure and to their reputation and brand.

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Despite numerous reports of data breaches at law firms over the past decade, a warning from the FBI that hackers are specifically targeting international law firms, and increasing pressure from clients to address cybersecurity concerns, legal services providers on the whole have so far failed to respond adequately to the scope and urgency of the problem. The ABA’s 2018 Legal Technology Survey Report reveals that only about half (53%) of lawyers say their firms have a policy to manage the retention of information/data held by the firm, only 25% of respondents report having an incident response plan, and an astonishing 29% report having no security policies at all.

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