Seventeen percent of law firms of all sizes experienced an online data breach in 2021, and two-thirds of them had no strategy for responding to the incident.
Even more alarming, only half had any office guidelines for retaining and safeguarding confidential client data.
Those are two findings from the 2021 ABA TechReport, which is filled with valuable cybersecurity insights from spearphishing to spam filters.
Join us on June 29 for the free CLE webinar “Cybersecurity Ethics: Safeguarding Client Data in Today’s Emerging Hybrid Practice.” You’ll receive an insider’s tour of the American Bar Association’s annual TechReport, and you’ll learn how small firms are using technology to stay safe, successful and competitive. “Cybersecurity Ethics” features attorney David G. Ries, a contributing author of the 2021 TechReport and a long-time expert in law office cybersecurity. Ries will draw on his cyber expertise and drill down into the TechReport to extract valuable pointers for your practice. You’ll discover the 10 Basic Cyber Safeguards and 3 Bad Cybersecurity Practices to avoid at all costs, as well as four ABA ethics opinions that could save your law license. Join us on June 29. Register here.
3 Reasons to Attend “Cybersecurity Ethics: Safeguarding Client Data in Today’s Emerging Hybrid Practice”
Reason #1: Learn why attorneys and law firms are prime targets for cybercriminals, and how practicing remotely increases the risk.
The top cyber-threats for law firms: ransomware; spearphishing; business email compromise; and lost and stolen laptops, smartphones and portable devices.
Reason #2: Obtain insider insights from one of the leading legal experts in the field. The presenter of this webinar, David G. Ries, is a national thought leader in the burgeoning field of Cybersecurity Ethics. He is author of the Cybersecurity Chapter for the ABA TechReport 2021 and the book Locked Down: Practical Information Security for Lawyers (ABA 2016). In this webinar, Ries will examine surveys, statistics and trends data of the 2021 ABA TechReport to extract valuable pointers for keeping your practice safe, ethical and successful.
Attendees will learn how technology and cybersecurity affect their ethical obligations, including compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct. They will discover best practices for safeguarding client data, maintaining technological competence, and running a virtual law practice. And they will learn how to put Cybersecurity Ethics into practice to protect their firms, clients and data.
Reason #3: Discover what tech tools other law firms use to stay cyber safe.
Here are some law office technology usage statistics from the 2021 Survey:
- 53 percent of responding firms have a data retention policy
- 60 percent have a policy on email use
- 56 percent for internet use
- 57 percent for computer acceptable use
- 56 percent for remote access
- 48 percent for social media
- 32 percent personal technology use/BYOD
- 44 percent for employee privacy
Twenty-five (25) percent of firms said they either had no cybersecurity policies in their office or did not know whether they had any.
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