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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

The LAWPRO $250,000 cybercrime coverage: What it covers and why

As of the 2014 policy year, the LAWPRO mandatory insurance program will include express coverage in the amount of $250,000 for losses related to cybercrime, as defined in the policy. This sublimit (or cap) of coverage provides a modest “safety net” for lawyers in the area of cybercrime exposure. We say modest because like the… Read More »

Categories: 2013 December Cybercrime, Articles, Cyber dangers, Errors & Omissions, LAWPRO policy

Cyber risk insurance options: Do you have the coverage you need?

The prevalence of cyber-related crime has been steadily increasing for a number of years. Many businesses invest heavily in the necessary IT infrastructure to protect their data, but despite best efforts and intentions, the frequent news stories in the press should serve as confirmation that breaches do occur. The cost implications of having personal or… Read More »

Categories: 2013 December Cybercrime, Articles, Cyber dangers, Disaster Planning, Errors & Omissions, Firm Management, LAWPRO policy

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

Interesting times (and cybercrimes) call for active risk reduction efforts, not just insurance coverage

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Legal systems and their participants have a reputation – perhaps no longer just – for being slow to embrace technological change. But while good lawyers know that technology tools are not (at least not yet!) a full replacement for the exercise of professional judgment and the application of legal knowledge, they also know that a… Read More »

Categories: 2013 December Cybercrime, Articles, Cyber dangers, Editorials

Keeping your passwords strong and secure

Computer passwords are the keys that “unlock” our computer and network systems. We all have more passwords than we can remember. This tends to make us a bit lazy. We use obvious and easy-to-remember passwords – even the word “password” itself. Or worse: we don’t use them at all. Bad password habits are often one… Read More »

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

Would you take the bait in a phishing scam?

“Phishing” is one of the most common scams that cyber criminals use because it can produce spectacular results with very little effort or expense on the part of the hacker. Phishing involves the use of an email, text message or phone call that appears to come from a trusted source or institution, vendor or company,… Read More »

Categories: 2013 December Cybercrime, Articles, Could This Happen to You?, Cyber dangers, Legal Technology

Book review: The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook

“There are two types of firms: those that know they’ve been (cyber) attacked and those that don’t,” says Jill Rhodes, co-author along with Vincent Polley of the The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook. The book is an initiative of the ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force that was created in 2012 to bring together the legal community and… Read More »

Categories: 2013 December Cybercrime, Articles, Book Review, Cyber dangers, Legal Technology

Cybercrime and law firms: The risks and dangers are real

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Historians may well look back and call 2013 “The year of the hacker.” There have been numerous high-profile data breaches involving major corporations and online services: Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Adobe, NASDAQ, The New York Times and LexisNexis, to name just a few. Everyone reading this article likely has information stored by at least one, if… Read More »

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

Could this happen to you? Getting duped on a bad cheque scam

In our newest effort to help Ontario lawyers appreciate where claims happen – and how to avoid them – we are pleased to introduce a new column to LAWPRO Magazine: “Could this happen to you?” Lawyers have told us they like to hear about real scenarios and circumstances that resulted in malpractice claims. They say… Read More »

Categories: 2013 September practicePRO 15th, Articles, Could This Happen to You?, Cyber dangers, Fraud
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