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Cyberattacks are a fast-moving target, and it’s imperative that law firms, with their confidential client information, get ahead of them. Law.com’s reporting, however, shows that many law firms are poised to get caught flatfooted should hackers infiltrate their data. In this Instant Insights, we look at where the security holes are and what law firms should do to get up to speed.

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Stephenie Yeung, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis

It is no secret that cyberattackers consider law firms to be rich sources of valuable data. Escalating risks and client expectations mandate that midsize and smaller firms, with fewer than 200 attorneys, treat cybersecurity as a core element of their legal practice. Like their larger counterparts, midsized and smaller firms must comply with rules of professional responsibility to take reasonable steps to prevent the inadvertent or unauthorized access to or disclosure of information relating to client representation. Moreover, smaller law firms must contend with many of the same cybersecurity challenges and threat actors as larger firms. With ransomware attacks and data breaches constantly in the news, clients increasingly demand and expect their vendors—law firms included—to take steps to improve and ensure data security. In this evolving landscape, it is no longer reasonable for any firm, large or small, to treat cybersecurity as solely an information technology issue.

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