2022: Hot Topics in Ethical Cybersecurity for Your Law Firm

July 21, 2022

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2022: Hot Topics in Ethical Cybersecurity for Your Law Firm

July 21, 2022 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

The ABA’s 2021 Legal Technology Survey Report revealed a striking statistic. 25% of the survey’s respondents reported that their law firm had been breached at some time. Clearly, law firms are an attractive target for cybercriminals – with a plethora of data about so many people and businesses, law firms are a one-stop shop for harvesting a wealth of information.

This session will review your ethical duties to be competent with technology, to protect your confidential data and to supervise subordinate attorneys, law firm personnel and vendors who have access to your data to ensure compliance with these duties.

Only 36% of law firms have an Incident Response Plan (IRP), a shameful statistic. This CLE will discuss the elements of a successful IRP, the need for annual reviews and the necessity of holding tabletop exercises to “test” the plan.

Other topics:

• The need for cybersecurity awareness training for law firm employees

• How clients and cyberinsurance companies are driving cybersecurity requirements

• The current top two threats to law firms: Ransomware and Business e-mail compromises

• The best (and most budget friendly) tools to prevent a data breach

• The difference between a cyber-incident and a data breach

• Reporting requirements in the event of a data breach

Speakers

Sharon Nelson

Sharon D. Nelson, Esq., is the President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., is a nationally-known digital forensics, managed information technology provider and managed cybersecurity firm in Fairfax, Virginia.

Ms. Nelson is the author of the noted electronic evidence blog, Ride the Lightning and is a co-host of the Legal Talk Network podcast series called “The Digital Edge: Lawyers and Technology” as well as “Digital Detectives.”

She is a frequent author (eighteen books published by the ABA and hundreds of articles) and speaker on legal technology, cybersecurity and electronic evidence topics. She was the President of the Virginia State Bar June 2013 – June 2014 and a past President of the Fairfax Law Foundation and the Fairfax Bar Association.

John Simek

John Simek is the Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., is a nationally-known digital forensics, managed information technology provider and managed cybersecurity firm located in Fairfax, Virginia.

Mr. Simek has a national reputation as a digital forensics technologist and has testified as an expert witness throughout the United States. He holds a degree in engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and an MBA in finance from Saint Joseph’s University.

Mr. Simek holds the prestigious CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) and the CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) certifications in addition to multiple other technical certifications. He is a past chair of ABA TECHSHOW and a co-host of the Legal Talk Network podcast Digital Detectives. He is a frequent author (eighteen books published by the ABA and hundreds of articles) and speaker on legal technology, cybersecurity and electronic evidence topics.

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