Is Your Client Data Safe?

Is your client data safe? According to the FBI, hackers have begun attacking law firms at an increasing rate as it is an optimal way to obtain economic, personal and personal security-related information. A recent article in the Texas Bar Journal entitled “Keeping Client Data and Your Law License Secure,” highlights the intense evolution of the practice of law in regards to technology and the security measures required to protect client data and maintain client confidentiality. Moreover, the ethics rules have evolved so that a competent lawyer is one who understands the benefits and disadvantages of technology. The article suggests that the use of encryption software is to protect law firm data and indicates that there are encryption tools available via the Internet that are easy to use and allow any attorney to encrypt all client data on his or her hard drive. Technology 101 may be a new course for lawyers, but it is certainly one in which we must all enroll!

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