349 ABA Journal articles on Cybersecurity.
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Jan 29, 2018 6:00 AM CSTABA Midyear Meeting. As they pass through U.S. and Canadian customs, they and their electronic devices can be searched.
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Do you use a password manager? Two-factor authentication? The ABA Journal is presenting a yearlong series of cybersecurity stories on the web and our print magazine, and this week legal…
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Jan 10, 2018 8:30 AM CSTcybersecurity series.
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Corporate litigator Jane Doe sat down at her desk Monday morning and logged on to her computer. She opened an email appearing to be from a client that read: “Hi. Could you please take a look at this document? It’s urgent.” Doe clicked on the attachment. Two weeks later, a hacker website published confidential documents that one of her most important clients had given the firm in connection with a lawsuit alleging environmental violations. Doe’s client called, furious, to inform her that she was discharged, and that the client was considering a lawsuit against her firm.
Every week brings news of major new cyberattacks—the stealing of personal information from Equifax and the federal Office of Personnel Management, the Petya and WannaCry ransomware worms, the Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s emails, to name a few. Indeed, the cyberthreat from criminals, hacktivists and state actors is growing. The costs associated with these malicious activities are staggering: Last year, the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property estimated that the annual cost of IP theft in three major categories may be as high as $600 billion and that the low-end total exceeds $225 billion, or 1.25 percent of the U.S. economy.
Law firms have not been immune. In fact, they have been a ripe target:
The nature of their work and the resulting sensitive data make law firms enticing targets. Law firms conduct due diligence and internal investigations, negotiate settlements, provide advice on regulatory issues, and handle important contractual negotiations and litigations. In the course of their representations, they often have access to a wide range of confidential client information, including trade secrets and other intellectual property, financial data, business strategies and national security information. All of this can be valuable to criminals seeking monetary gain, to businesses seeking a competitive edge or to foreign intelligence services.
Technology enhances the risk. Records that a law firm once kept on physical pieces of paper in file cabinets now reside on data servers or in the cloud. Lawyers increasingly communicate using mobile devices or email. Firms’ use of a growing number of devices that are connected to the internet—the “internet of things”—creates new vectors of vulnerability. While these developments may have made the logistics of legal practice easier, they have also introduced additional opportunities for illicit access.
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DLA Piper had planned its response to a cyberbreach before its systems shut down in response to a major malware attack last June.
Don Jaycox, DLA Piper’s chief information officer…
Dec 19, 2017 4:04 PM CST
A federal judge has ordered cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase to hand over user data to the Internal Revenue Service.
Twelve months into this court battle, Coinbase and the IRS have been…
Nov 30, 2017 3:30 PM CST
BakerHostetler and Perkins Coie are “founding stewards” in the new blockchain-based identity network Sovrin.
On account of high-profile data breaches of personal information and the increased interest and feasibility of…
Nov 28, 2017 10:56 AM CST
An in-house attorney for Uber is no longer with the company after it was discovered that he’d helped suppress news of a data breach, the Recorder has reported.
Nov 22, 2017 11:18 AM CST