Cybersecurity

378 ABA Journal Cybersecurity articles.

ABA ethics opinion offers guidance on data breaches
Lawyers have to safeguard client data and notify clients of a data breach, and the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility has issued a formal opinion that reaffirms that duty.
Cat-and-mouse game: Customers demand cybersecurity, law enforcement wants easier access to evidence
Modern technology has created a honeypot of data for cyberthieves and law enforcement. Police and prosecutors are adopting novel technology and raising new constitutional arguments in court, which brings up privacy concerns.
Hackers are increasingly gaining access to systems to mine cryptocurrency, report finds
Hackers are using illegal means to create cryptocurrency at an increasing rate thanks to a software vulnerability leaked by the National Security Agency, says a new report shining light on a novel criminal aspect of cryptocurrency.
Law firms can learn from other industries’ missteps on cybersecurity awareness and prevention
The cybersecurity needs of a small law firm will be different than the needs of an international firm. However, all law firms must pay close attention to privacy laws.
Clients pushing their outside counsels to adopt stricter cybersecurity standards and protections
Companies are expending more manpower and money on keeping their data safe. The study found that two-thirds of respondents expected their legal department’s role in cybersecurity would increase over the following 12 months, compared with 55 percent in the 2015 survey.
FCC Chairman Pai: Public comment portal may get upgrade

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South Carolina requires insurers to have plans safeguarding customer data
Less than a year from now, insurers doing business in South Carolina will be required to have a “comprehensive information security program” that protects consumer data.
Prepare for and plan against a cyberattack
Attorneys are subject to frequent cybercrime attacks, email accounts are breached, and we are solicited to move money for cybercriminals. Helpful frameworks for information security professionals can guide your incident response planning.
‘Nigerian prince’ email scam 2.0: How to avoid falling victim to social engineering cyberattacks

Lawyers at Owens, Schine & Nicola, a personal injury firm in Connecticut, thought they had an easy collections matter to resolve.

Apple tests security feature with potential to foil law enforcement
Apple is testing a new security feature that could put an end to how police unlock encrypted iPhones.
Are you covered? Cyber insurance market is highly unstable and lacks uniformity
As cyberthreats evolve and proliferate, more insurers are expanding options to help law firms mitigate loss. However, without industry standards, coverage and cost vary from plan to plan, sometimes causing gaps in potential coverage.
FBI overestimated the number of encrypted phones while arguing for workarounds
The FBI has admitted that it overestimated—by potentially 550 percent, sources say—the number of cellphones investigators cannot access due to encryption.
Senator asks pointed questions about telecom company’s sale of cellphone location data
A private telecommunications company is selling cellphone user location data to law enforcement agencies, and a Democratic senator has some questions about its compliance with the Fourth Amendment.
Yes, there’s an email encryption vulnerability; no, you (likely) don’t need to freak out
European security researchers have released a warning regarding a vulnerability in PGP and S/MIME, a form of encryption used in email. While the researchers and the Electronic Frontier Foundation recommend that users of the technology disable it, this likely affects few law firms.
Suit claims ex-Bryan Cave partner hid client’s hack using FBI tools she supplied while a prosecutor
A former partner with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is accused of directing a client to hide from the Federal Trade Commission that his cybersecurity firm disclosed patient data obtained with spying software she had supplied while as a federal prosecutor battling child pornographers.

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