Most have neither considered, nor know how “cyber secure” they are. For the majority who are not information technology (IT) professionals, the idea of delving into the technical details of secure computing can create apprehension and confusion. Some people think that if their email system works, and if their documents are accessible, then why bother making any security improvements to their system, which might create complications or cost time and money. Some would prefer not to know the cybercrime risks they are facing, or just haven’t thought about it. Cybersecurity is more, though; it is also about protecting data from risks other than cybercrime, such as unanticipated IT issues, hard-drive crashes, house fires, and other incidents. Beyond security, this book will also provide information to use computers and data more efficiently.

You need not become a technology expert; however, you should learn about the serious threats faced, the potential consequences, and the steps that can be taken to mitigate these risks. Technology-related threats and appropriate countermeasures are similar to things you already do in your “brick and mortar” physical life. Learn to secure your computer just as you lock your house’s doors and windows, put on a seatbelt while driving, check your car’s oil level, tire pressure, and stop at red lights. Yes, computers can be complex, frustrating, and confusing, but everyone can learn how to do this.

The author wrote this book for lawyers because they all have personal and work-related information on numerous devices and in various locations. Every lawyer should be aware of the risks of loss or theft of that information, and be ready to react.