The Ethics Of Law Firm Technology
As your world becomes more digital, it’s likely becoming more convenient as well. The work you do for your law firm is more accessible and intuitive than ever thanks to modern technology – but there is a downside to digitization.
Specifically, your security standards and your ethical obligations. Are you doing your due diligence to make sure the new technologies you’re enjoying aren’t making your clients’ data less secure?
The Reality Of Cybercrime In The Legal World
Cybersecurity needs to be a top priority for legal firms today. You aren’t just a target – you’re a primary target. The fact is that legal firms were cybercriminals’ top choice for ransomware targets in the first quarter of 2019.
Are you prepared to defend your law firm from cybercriminal attacks?
According to the ABA Legal Technology Report, legal firms use a range of cybersecurity measures at varying rates:
- Spam filters – 87%
- Anti-spyware – 80%
- Firewall software – 79%
- Pop-up blockers – 75%
- Desktop and laptop virus scanning – 73%
- Email virus scanning – 69%
- Mandatory passwords – 68%
- Network virus scanning 66%
- Hardware firewalls 57%
How do your cybersecurity defenses measure up?
Are You Fulfilling Your Obligation To Protect Client Data?
Are you familiar with Formal Opinion 483?
Issued by the ABA, titled Lawyers’ Obligations After an Electronic Data Breach or Cyberattack, it states that:
“Lawyers must employ reasonable efforts to monitor the technology and office resources connected to the internet, external data sources, and external vendors providing services relating to data and the use of data.”
Would you say that you are?
How Should You Be Protecting Client Data?
To start, consider implementing these simple cybersecurity measures:
- Update Software Continuously: You can’t afford to ignore software update notifications – but depending on your workload, you may have to. Software updates are not only to improve the functionality of the software; they also serve as a patch for recently identified vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers. Your IT company can handle the management of these updates to make sure that not a single one is ever skipped or delayed.
- Monitor Your Systems: Also known as host-intrusion protection (HIP), this type of monitoring software will detect and report specially-developed malware that would otherwise make it past conventional antivirus and antimalware software. Your IT company will be able to deploy a monitoring solution to keep an eye on your systems.
- Verify And Test Your Backups: If you want your desktop files backed up, it’s your responsibility to make sure your cloud is doing so automatically. You must have a backup copy of your data if it’s stolen or accidentally deleted. Develop a Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery policy that specifies…
- What data is backed up
- How often it’s backed up
- Where it’s stored
- Who has access to the backups
Backup to both an external drive in your office and a remote, secure, online data center. Set backups to occur automatically. And make sure your backup systems are encrypted.
Don’t Forget To Ask For Help
The fact is that you probably can’t handle all of this on your own. At least, not effectively. As you grow your firm, you need to be able to focus on it, and not worry about your cybersecurity.
That’s why assistance from an expert IT company is so valuable – Network Heroes will help. Our team will help implement a range of robust security measures, deploying security devices like firewalls, patching, antivirus software updates, intrusion and gateway protection, and more. With our help, you don’t have to be worried about cybercrime in the legal industry.
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