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While “cybersecurity” is a term frequently thrown about, most attorneys from both inside and outside counsel close their eyes and catch some zzz’s when it is mentioned. Well, it is time to wake up. It is no longer acceptable to completely pass this onto IT folks while we stare into space. As presented in scenario 1 and scenario 2, attorneys need to open their eyes, as a security breach can have major ramifications. Not only can data breaches lead to leaks of privileged data, trade secrets and other extremely sensitive information can be exposed. Corporate clients who do not insist their firms have strict security standards open themselves up to these leaks and outside counsel who does not ensure their firms’ networks are secure risk losing their largest corporate clients and opening themselves up to ethical violations. Below is the third real world scenario that could happen to any attorney who represents a corporation.

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