Cybersecurity: How to Protect Yourself and Keep the Hackers at Bay (2022)
Credits: 1.0 G
An attorney’s decision to use a computer tablet, a cloud-based service, a smart phone, a public Wi-Fi network, or a free email account in the furtherance of delivering legal services is not, in and of itself, unethical or necessarily a poor business decision. The real concern is with what the attorneys who use such tools do or do not do with them. For example, portable devices, which includes backup drives, can be lost or stolen; rogue programs that capture banking passwords, encrypt your data, or steal your data can be unintentionally downloaded; and this list goes on and on. These kinds of breaches are often the result of common missteps such as lax security procedures, falling victim to a social engineering attack and even simple ignorance about how a given device works or what a computer app or program really does. This ethics program will discuss various cyberattack vectors and share practical advice on how to manage the risk of a breach.
Since 1998, Mark Bassingthwaighte (https://blog.alpsinsurance.com/author/mark-bassingthwaighte), Esq. has been a Risk Manager with ALPS, the nation’s largest direct writer of lawyers’ malpractice insurance. In his tenure with the company, Mr. Bassingthwaighte has conducted over 1200 law firm risk management assessment visits, presented over 550 continuing legal education seminars throughout the United States, and written extensively on risk management, ethics, and technology. Mr. Bassingthwaighte is a member of the State Bar of Montana as well as the American Bar Association where he currently sits on the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility’s Conference Planning Committee. He received his J.D. from Drake University Law School.