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Reflections on technology changes in real estate practice

Facilitating transfers of real estate has been the bread-and-butter of thousands of Ontario lawyers for generations. Despite occasional market wobbles, real estate business has helped firms to flourish in communities of all sizes, often supporting the delivery of family, estates, commercial and even criminal law services. Healthy real estate practices support both lawyers’ own families… Read More »

Categories: 2017 August Managing Change, Areas of Law, Articles, Clerical / Delegation, Communications Errors, Cyber dangers, Features, Inadequate Investigation, LAWPRO Magazine Article Type, Legal Technology, Real Estate, Time Management, Topics

Outsourcing your law firm’s cybersecurity

man in suit touching padlock in cloud

According to a survey¹ of UK law firms, a quarter of them have been the victims of cyberattacks, as have almost a third of US firms according to the ABA Legal Technology Survey Report. While there has not been a similar survey done of Canadian firms, the numbers are probably similar. And the high-publicity hacks… Read More »

Categories: 2017 August Managing Change, Articles, Cyber dangers, Firm Management, Legal Technology, Tech Tips

Cyber Dangers

Hardly a week goes by without a breaking story on the release of the personal information of large number of people due to a cyber or data breach at a major corporation or online service. And it doesn’t stop there. Countless smaller business entities and individuals have experienced data breaches or ransomware infections or the… Read More »

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Managing the Security and Privacy of Electronic Data in a Law Office

[Note: this booklet was published in 2004. While it still contains valuable content, we refer you to our Cyber Dangers page for a more up-to-date assessment of cyber security issues facing law firms.] Clients, lawyers, and law office staff routinely work with electronic documents and data. Protecting the security and confidentiality of that information is… Read More »

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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

Cloud Computing for Lawyers

Nicole Black, published 2012, 222 pages As more businesses move their IT systems into the cloud, lawyers need to ask if cloud computing is right for their firm. Cloud Computing for Lawyers features a discussion of cloud computing fundamentals, an overview of legal cloud computing products, and step-by-step instructions for implementing cloud computing in your… Read More »

Categories: Book, Cyber dangers, Legal Technology

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

Locked Down cover

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

computers and smartphones

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
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