While law firms are often considered a weak point in the security of corporations’ sensitive information, firms or their employees have frequently suffered potential leaks through their own third-party vendors, according to Law.com’s investigation of law firm data breaches across the country. The breaches that law firms reported to state authorities varied in severity, and some incidents were unrelated to the strength of the law firm’s cyber defenses and didn’t risk or relate to client data.

External breaches, including phishing and hacking as well as vendor incidents, were the most commonly identified source of data exposure events reported by law firms, according to Law.com’s investigation, which examined data breach notifications from more than a dozen states. Stolen or lost devices were the second most common type of security incidents reported by law firms.

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