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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: 2018 Student Issue 6, Articles, Content Type, Cyber dangers, LAWPRO Magazine, Student, Topics

Does your firm need cybercrime insurance?

In a study titled The Cost of Cybercrime, Accenture surveyed 254 companies in seven countries. Over the course of five years, the study revealed a 62 per cent increase in cybercrime attacks. Data breaches during the same period doubled to 130 per year. Accenture noted that while not every security breach results in a loss,… Read More »

Categories: 2018 February Top Legal Disruptions, Articles, Content Type, Cyber dangers, Disaster Planning, Firm Management, Insurance Business, LAWPRO Magazine, LAWPRO Magazine Article Type, LAWPRO policy, Legal Technology, Topics

How to safely put your data in the cloud

cloud over desk

Cloud services help you access and store data on someone else’s server. You may not realize it, but Dropbox, Gmail, Facebook, and legal specific applications like Clio are all examples of cloud services. Putting data on the cloud raises issues like maintaining confidentiality, usability, cost, portability and applicability to your area of practice. Keeping in… Read More »

Categories: 2018 February Top Legal Disruptions, Articles, Content Type, Cyber dangers, LAWPRO Magazine, LAWPRO Magazine Article Type, Legal Technology, Tech Tips, Topics

Cybersecurity for the home and office

For many lawyers, the divide between “home” and “office” isn’t clear-cut. Work is often done in both places and during the trips back and forth. As a result, sensitive client information may not always be protected under the umbrella of a firm cybersecurity system. Cybersecurity for the Home and Home Office can help lawyers understand… Read More »

Categories: 2018 February Top Legal Disruptions, Articles, Book Review, Content Type, Cyber dangers, LAWPRO Magazine, LAWPRO Magazine Article Type, Legal Technology, Topics

Encryption Made Simple for Lawyers

Encryption is now a generally accepted security measure for protecting confidential data – both when stored and transmitted. Data breaches have become a common occurrence, and hackers cannot only get confidential details about a case or deal, but steal your client’s information as well. Fortunately, easy-to-use options are available today for encryption. It has now… Read More »

Categories: Book, Content Type, Cyber dangers, Legal Technology

Cybersecurity for the Home and Office: The Lawyer’s Guide to Taking Charge of Your Own Information Security

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… Read More »

Categories: Book, Cyber dangers, Solo and Small Firm

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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