Law firms are obligated to protect their client’s data, as dictated by federal and state laws as well as local jurisdictional ethics rules. You’ll read and understand the relevant rules—you’re a lawyer, that’s basically what you do. Technical compliance, however, is where the rubber meets the road. Leaving aside the matter of data breach reporting, to focus on the preliminary issue of data protection, questions of technical compliance, at a number of levels, come to the fore.

Data hackers are relentlessly poking at systems, in order to find weaknesses. It’s telling that a common technique is known as a brute force attack. Throwing everything they have in a concentrated blast at one part of the wall before moving on to the next is basic siege mechanics for hackers. So, in order to effectively track your data, it’s important to protect it at all levels— and, there are a lot of layers here to look after.

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