Thursday, April 17, 2014

Law Technology News on Steps to Protect Client Data

Law Technology News urges clients to take the lead in directing law firm information security practices: "8 Tips for Corporate and Outside Counsel to Protect Client Data"--
  • "Corporate counsel must take the initiative to protect the company's confidential information. In the wake of recent high-profile data breaches, such as November's Target Corp., many corporate legal departments and IT leaders are tightening up network security. And they expect their outside counsel to do the same."
  • "Attorneys have an obligation to protect confidential client information. This duty is not limited to privileged information, but includes all information relating to a client or furnished by the client acquired during the course of representation. To the extent that a client is damaged by a data breach occasioned by a lawyer’s revelation of confidences, the firm may be subject to disciplinary action or malpractice actions. The threat of reputational harm may be the best deterrent. Outside counsel in today’s digital world must make protecting client data an integral part of the overall engagement."
See the full article for a complete list, which includes:
  • "Control access: Make sure that access to your company’s documents is limited to only law firm personnel who are working on the engagement."
  • "Restrict document sharing: Block the use of Dropbox, Skydrive and other document-sharing sites from law firm networks to minimize the risk of sharing client-related documents outside of the firm."
  • "Create and implement a security breach plan, including immediate notification to your company in the event of an actual or suspected breach. All attorneys and support staff should be trained about those procedures."

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