By NICOLE BLACK
These days, cybersecurity is on everyone’s minds, particularly lawyers’ minds. After all, in 2017 it’s difficult to practice law without using technology, but at the same time, we also have important ethical obligations to maintain client confidentiality.
For many lawyers, the prospect of deciphering cybersecurity requirements for their law firms often seems like an overwhelming prospect. That’s why many simply keep their heads in the sand rather than implement new technologies designed to maintain security. Their rationale is that sticking to the status quo is the safer, simpler choice.
Unfortunately, in 2017, that premise is simply untrue. Twenty-six states now requirethat lawyers stay abreast of changes in legal technology and Florida now requires that lawyers accumulate 3 CLE technology credits per biennial cycle. That’s why using even basic technology such as email without understanding and implementing necessary security procedures and tools is unethical at best — and at worst can even amount to malpractice.
The good news is that there are steps you can take to implement security procedures that will protect your law firm’s data and help to keep client data confidential and secure.