Four different sections of the rules of professional responsibility touch on the need to secure client information. ABA Model Rule 1.1, which deals with competence; Rule 1.4, which involves communications; Rule 1.6, which covers the duty of confidentiality; and rules 5.1 through 5.3, which focus on lawyer and nonlawyer associations.
The reason cybersecurity is important for attorneys is simple. They handle a lot of sensitive information for their clients and are therefore a target for hackers.
22% of law firms reported that they were victims of cyber attacks or data breach in 2017, and that percentage has been rising.
This guide will focus on the main areas of cybersecurity lawyers need to be aware of to prevent compromising client information.
Encryption means storing and moving data in a format that is unreadable to anyone who accesses the information improperly.
A Virtual Private Network is a connection method used to add security and privacy to private and public networks, like WiFi Hotspots and the Internet. When using computers, smartphones, and tablets to work on client materials outside the office, using a VPN allows you to create a secure, encrypted tunnel to a secure internet point, and prevents your work from being intercepted.
Without a VPN, hackers can easily intercept information transmitted over unsecured wifi.
Everyone uses passwords to protect their private information, but many also make simple mistakes that open up the possibility of a data breach.
Three simple tips for good passwords are: