Excerpt: Traveling abroad? Worried about pickpockets? We have far bigger worries these days. If you travel abroad, you also have to worry about foreign governments – and our own – which may be interested in our data. Lawyers are not only not exempt from that interest – they are magnets. And when The New York Times published an article early this year about safeguarding data when crossing the border, we knew we were seeing a new hot cybersecurity topic – one that has primarily been considered at very large firms, until all the recent stories caught fire in the news. This article will focus on the dangers presented by our own government (the current runaway headline), but the advice is generally applicable to the risks presented by foreign governments, risks which may increase as there seems to be a worldwide ratcheting up of device seizure and examination at borders.
Recently, Sensei’s John Simek was mentioned in the ABC News article, “No art or wood paneling _ some law firms work in the cloud” by Joyce Rosenberg.
Excerpt: In more than half the states, attorneys must maintain a level of competence with technology and an awareness of the risks it poses — whether they practice virtually or in a traditional office.
“A lot of lawyers don’t realize what an enticing target they are to hackers and crooks,” says Gregory Touhill, a division president at cybersecurity company Cyxtera Technologies who was a chief information security officer in the Obama administration. He describes the legal industry, because it has custody of clients’ personal, financial and competitive information, as a “hot target” for cyberthieves.
But it’s also technology that’s feeding the growth in virtual firms, says John Simek, a vice president at Sensei Enterprises, an information technology and cybersecurity company.
“I think it’s the wave of the future,” he says.
On February 20, Doug Austin of CloudNine featured the Ride the Lightning (RTL) blog post “97% of Cybersecurity Leaders Evaluating Vendor Security, Including Law Firms” in his own post. His blog post, “Only 53 Percent of Surveyed Security Officers Are Confident in Security of Data by Third Parties: Cybersecurity Trends” is featured in CloudNine’s eDiscovery Daily Blog. CloudNine is a legal intelligence technology company with deep expertise in the analysis, processing, and review of electronically stored information (ESI). Ride the Lightning is an electronic evidence and cybersecurity blog by Sensei’s Sharon Nelson.
Excerpt: A recently issued report provides an interesting look at how Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and others responsible for security are addressing the challenges in today’s cybersecurity climate.
GDPR is one significant regulatory requirement affecting security considerations, with one respondent stating that “GDPR will influence the way many companies appraise their partners, given the expansion of responsibilities for both data controllers and processors under the new privacy framework set for implementation in 2018.” Good thing we have a webcast on the topic tomorrow! :o)
The report, a 24 page PDF, chock full of other statistics and findings, is available here. As always, hat tip to Sharon Nelson of the Ride the Lightning blog for her coverage of the report.
“Technology/Cybersecurity Management & Policies” by Sensei’s Sharon Nelson, John Simek, and Michael Maschke was featured in the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) publication, AILA’s Immigration Practice & Professionalism Toolbox.
About the book: AILA’s Immigration Practice and Professionalism Toolbox compiles a variety of resources on firm management, marketing, ethical issues, client communication, and more. It also provides sample documents such as intake forms, fee agreements, engagement letters, and representation agreements.
The advice and tools included in this resource will help you develop and improve the skills necessary to build and run your practice with confidence.