Posted by: johnocunningham | February 17, 2018

Law Firm Cyber-Security: Ethical Issue and Marketing Opportunity

Last year, the ABA Journal called cybersecurity “the biggest risk that law firms face.”

Last year was also the first time that multiple GCs on the RainDance Conference in-house panel of lawyers told audience members that cybersecurity issues were a factor in law firm hiring or firing. So now law firm clients can give you a thumbs up or down based on your technology.

Furthermore, the ABA Model Rules now require lawyers to become aware of “the benefits and risks of relevant technology.”

All of this presents both a burden and an opportunity for law firms. Those who adapt state-of-the-art cybersecurity measures and practices will not only be better protected, they can tout this battle-readiness to interested clients as an edge in sales pitches.

There are steps that law firms can take, and when they take them, they can inform their clients that proper protocols have been followed to protect their valuable data and communications.

 

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