Cybersecurity is one of the most important security measures that law firms must now consider. With more client data being handled over the internet, law firms are a prime target for cyber-attacks, which makes cybersecurity the biggest risk that law firms face today.
Duty of Technology Competence: What You Need to Know
 Tomaintain the requisite knowledge and skill, a lawyer should keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology, engage in continuing study and education and comply with all continuing legal education requirements to which the lawyer is subject.
What this means for you isunderstanding and staying on top of technology trends, cybersecurity, and how to protect your practice and clientsis just as importantaskeeping abreast of any changes in the legal profession.This does not mean that youmustbe a technology expert, but knowing what you know (and more importantly, what you don’t know),can go a long way in securing your practice.Some states, like Florida, even requirelawyers to accumulate3 CLE technology credits per biennial cycle.
Easy Steps You Can Take to Mitigate Risk in Cybersecurity
Everything from email to apps use passwords today, so having a way to ensure you are usinga variety of strong passwords is key. Platforms like LastPass, 1Password andPasspackofferstrong password protection, along withstoring passwords so you don’t have to worry about forgetting them.When evaluating a password protection platform, ensure that users must type in their password, or that it is not stored locally on the computer or through your browser. A key component of these platformsis that the password to access itmustbe protected. Many will offer two-factor authentication, which will send you an email or text with acode that is only valid for a limited amount of time.If you plan on using this two-factor authentication, ensure your computer or smart phoneis encrypted and has a 6-digit password.
Computing in the Cloud
Are you still saving files (including confidential client information) to a local server?If you are, you are putting those files at risk should a cyber attack happen. Instead, consider switching tosaving your files to the cloud.The advantages to cloud computing are endless, but here aresome of our favorites:
Unlimited ormassive amounts of storage abilities, so you won’t have to worry about running out of space
Backup occurs at more than one location, so should onefail, you won’t lose everything
Access to web-based apps, like accounting software, email, etc., which means you’ll be able to access these with just a web browser.
Collaborate on documents – with cloud computing, many people can edit a document at one time, and you can share that document with a simple link.
Switch from Email
While email is great for internal communications, communication with clients should be more secure than email. Web-basedclientportalsare ideal for sharing sensitive documents, communicating securely with clients, and storeallthat communication in one central place that is easily accessed by both lawyer and client.
Are you ready to start investing in technology to protect your practice and your clients against cyber-attacks?We’re ready to help you understand the financial investment these protections require.Contact us todayto see how we can help you leverage your finances toincrease your practice’s cybersecurity.