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The Role of Encryption in Law Firm Data Security

Encryption can play a vital role in securing data, but it needs to be considered within the context of a firm’s overall IT security strategy. Whether, when and how to encrypt requires a careful look at what data the firm keeps, and how much protection it needs. This article explains how encryption can be used to guard against the reputational, financial and legal damage a breach of sensitive data can cause to law firms.


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Incidents over the last few years leave little doubt that hackers are increasingly targeting law firms. The data breach of law firm Mossack Fonesca, known as the Panama Papers, last April was the largest known and highest profile. The thieves took 2.6 terabytes of data, including 2.2 million PDFs, 3 million database files and 4.8 million emails. (For more on the Panama Papers, see, “The ‘Panama Papers’ and You,” a two-part article in our sibling LJN newsletter, Business Crimes Bulletin.)

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