Although vast improvements in legal technology (including legal software, mobile gadgets and even attorney-specific apps) have made marketing, research and client interaction easier and more customizable for many legal professionals, anyone combining the practice of law with the innovations of technology should be aware of the dangers.
Legal Technology Hackers
Last month, one of the most well-known business networking websites, LinkedIn, was the victim of a hack which published millions of their users’ passwords. Law firms using social media to network to their clients were reminded that online safety can be a tricky concept.
Unfortunately, it appears as if the LinkedIn hack was only the beginning of a new trend of hacker attempts on legal professionals. The fact is, hackers have their eye on law firms, particularly those involved in mergers and various business deals. Information stolen from these individuals can mean easy insider trading for a successful hacker.
Because many legal professionals keep track of client information by storing it on a mobile device (such as a cell phone or laptop) or integrating it into their email accounts, hackers have learned that targeting lawyers is potentially lucrative.
A team of concerned volunteers, under the guidance of the Servers Operations and Security Peer Group, are also paying attention. The International Legal Technology Association recently announced that the group has created the Legal Information Security Counsel, or LegalSEC, to assist law firms in safeguarding their information and stepping up their security practices.
Their mission is simple but direly necessary, as quoted on the ILTA press release – reportedly 25 inquiries were made by law firms within just hours of the project launching. The team intends to “enhance the delivery of secure services to clients by raising and maintaining security awareness and by providing an asset protection framework for law firms.”
In an uncertain and constantly evolving profession, this initiative by ILTA may be exactly what legal professionals, particularly those who are leaning more heavily on technology, need to protect themselves and their clients from cyber dangers.