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cybersecurityWhile abundant publicity has accompanied spectacular data breaches at Equifax and Yahoo, less attention has been paid to cybersecurity at law firms. This, however, is changing, as cybersecurity events, including hacking, are on the rise at law firms. A major professional liability insurer estimates that as many as 80 percent of the largest law firms in the U.S. have experienced data breaches recently. “Safe and Secure: Cyber Security Practices for Law Firms,” CNA Professional Counsel. Moreover, information stored in the cloud or transmitted via unsecured servers may be vulnerable to unauthorized intrusions.

Recent law firm data breaches have included the outside hacking by Chinese nationals into the computers of the mergers and acquisitions groups at two major law firms, resulting in significant insider trading and an enforcement case by the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission against the overseas nationals (but not the law firms). In addition, former clients of a Chicago law firm filed a federal class action against the law firm alleging that they were injured because of the firm’s failure to maintain data security—even though there were no allegations of actual intrusions.

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