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Back in 2012, Robert Mueller, Director of the FBI at that time, stated that “I am convinced that there are only two types of companies: those that have been hacked and those that will be. And even they are converging into one category: companies that have been hacked and will be hacked again.”
It’s almost as if he saw the future, isn’t it?
According to a recent study, physical theft was the most common type of fraud facing businesses until 2017. Since then, information theft and/or cyberattack is the most common form of crime facing businesses. Over the past decade or so, we’ve seen numerous law firms experience data breaches – it’s all over the news each and every day. Why are law firms increasingly becoming targets for hackers? Because they hold a ton of valuable information:
For hackers looking to make money on the dark web, a law firm is the perfect, most lucrative target. The FBI has even stated that law firms are “one-stop shops” for attackers. Yet we’re still seeing a lack of proper cybersecurity measures in the average law firm. Just take a look at the numbers according to a recent study by the American Bar Association (ABA):
The numbers simply don’t add up. In today’s day and age, we know that firewalls and anti-phishing software aren’t enough to protect against cybercrime, yet they are the most commonly used forms of cybersecurity protection – with many law firms relying on firewalls and anti-phishing software alone.
ABA has highlighted an attorney’s ethical obligations in terms of data security. Opinion 483 states that all “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.”
You’re required to understand your limitations, and if necessary, obtain sufficient information or assistance to protect client information.
If you fail to protect client confidentiality, it may constitute unethical or unlawful conduct – leading to a reputation that’s hard to get rid of. So how do you maintain client confidentiality in today’s ever-evolving threat landscape? Here are a few tips:
Colorado Computer Services can assist you to protect your client’s confidentiality. Utilizing the latest cybersecurity technologies and protocols, we offer our clients the best protection from hackers available. Let us help you before Mueller’s prediction comes true for you.