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Cybersecurity Handbook: A Resource for Attorneys, Law Firms, and Business Professionals

Jill D. Rhodes and Vincent I. Polley, published 2013, 299 pages The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook: A Resource for Attorneys, Law Firms and Business Professionals provides practical cyber threat information, guidance, and strategies to lawyers and law firms of all sizes. The guide considers the interrelationship between lawyer and client, establishing what legal responsibilities and professional… Read More »

Categories: Book, Cyber dangers, Disaster Planning, Fraud, Legal Technology

Locked Down: Practical Information Security for Lawyers, 2nd Edition

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The first edition of Locked Down: Information Security for Lawyers was published in 2012. It introduced law firms to the increasing importance of having proper cybersecurity for client and firm data. At the time, that concept was still new to a lot of firms and often not taken as seriously as it should have been…. Read More »

Categories: 2017 February Neuroscience, Book Review, Cyber dangers, Fraud, LAWPRO Magazine, LAWPRO Magazine Article Type, Legal Technology

New lawyer cyber dangers and how to avoid them

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Like the local bank, your practice holds valuable information and money. Your computer systems may contain client information, trade secrets, and intellectual property. Your trust accounts have large sums of money. A cyber breach or trust account theft will harm your clients and potentially cripple your practice. Security guards, specialized safes, and sophisticated procedures protect… Read More »

Categories: 2016 Student Issue 4, Articles, Cyber dangers, Fraud, Law students/new lawyers, Legal Technology, New Lawyers, Tech Tips

Don’t take the bait on a spear phishing attack

By now, most lawyers are familiar with phishing attacks. For those who are not, phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an email. They take the form of a message, allegedly from your bank or an online retailer you… Read More »

Categories: 2016 January Indigenous, Articles, Cyber dangers, Fraud, Tech Tips

Danger: When a hacker emails you instructions in the name of your client

The determination and energy of hackers knows no bounds. They show remarkable imagination and ingenuity in coming up with ever more devious ways to steal trust funds by duping lawyers. As an example of this, we have recently seen several instances where a fraudster hacked into a client’s email with the intent to divert funds… Read More »

Categories: 2016 January Indigenous, Articles, Cyber dangers, Fraud, Tech Tips

Don’t slip down that slope! Don’t let personal issues lead you to bend the rules

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At least two of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s discipline decisions in the last few months referenced a lawyer’s “loss of moral compass.” Even honest and well-intentioned lawyers have, when under pressure or when suffering from illness, addiction or a personal crisis, succumbed to the belief that it’s perfectly fine to bend the rules… Read More »

Categories: 2015 September Blue Sky, Articles, Could This Happen to You?, Difficult clients, Ethics, Fraud, Wellness

Don’t get duped: 20 red flags of bad cheque fraud you should recognize

Lawyers in all areas of practice continue to be the frequent targets of bad cheque scams. These scams involve debt collections, business loans, IP licensing disputes or spousal support payments. While it appears Ontario lawyers are increasingly aware of these frauds, occasionally some are being duped into disbursing funds on a bad cheque they have… Read More »

Categories: 2015 February - LAWPRO 20th, Articles, Cyber dangers, Fraud, Practice Tips

Protecting yourself from cybercrime dangers: The steps you need to take

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Cybercrime dangers are many, complex and ever-changing. Hardly a day goes by without another news report of a data breach or other cyber-related scam or theft. Cyber criminals have considerable resources and expertise, and can cause significant damage to their targets. Cyber criminals specifically target law firms as law firms regularly have funds in their… Read More »

Categories: 2013 December Cybercrime, Articles, Cyber dangers, Features, Fraud, Legal Technology

Be ready with an incident response plan

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Because a cybercrime attack can cause irreparable harm, law firms should be prepared to take action immediately. Being able to do this requires an Incident Response Plan (IRP). An effective IRP can put a firm in a position to effectively and efficiently manage a breach by protecting sensitive data, systems, and networks, and to quickly… Read More »

Categories: 2013 December Cybercrime, Articles, Cyber dangers, Disaster Planning, Features, Fraud
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