This month’s sites and tips relate to cybersecurity issues which are in the news more than ever. It seems as though everyday, there is a new story about a hacking or cyber threat. Law firms and lawyers are not immune to these threats and attacks. They can affect your firms and your clients.
JANUARY, 2014 MSBA PUBLICATIONS
There is an article in the January Issue of the MSBA Bar Bulletin about security issues for law firms AND January/February, 2014 issue of the MSBA Bar Journal is on cybersecurity.
ABATECH SHOW HIGHLIGHTS SECURITY
This year’s ABA Tech Show which is being held in Chicago (where the wind chill today was -8) from March 27-29, there are no less than 10 sessions about security for law firms and devices. Standard registration costs $1,050, but as an MSBA member, standard registration will cost $895. If you register before the February 10, 2014 early bird deadline, you will receive an additional discount of $200 – all for a low cost of $695! Simply download this registration form and include this unique Event Promoter Discount Code, EP1401, to receive the rate.
This is THE place for technology for lawyers and law firms. If you have never attended, be prepared to be overwhelmed (in a good way) but do not forget your warm clothes.
THE BEST DEFENSE IS A GOOD OFFENSE
Make sure you know how to create good passwords and that you have a password policy for your professional AND personal devices. Make sure that all your staff/colleagues/family members take password security seriously.
One of the best articles on creating good passwords, “Keeping Your Passwords Strong and Secure” is from LawPro, from the Lawyers' Professional Indemnity Company in Ontario, CA.
Some tips include:
- Never tell anyone your password
- Never write your passwords and leave on your monitor
- Do not save passwords on your hard drive (OOPS)
- Use a password manager
- Do not use the same passwords for everything
- Change your passwords often
- Change compromised passwords IMMEDIATELY
- Do not use the “Remember Me” Feature
There are more great tips.
PASSWORD MANAGER REVIEWS
It is a good idea to have a password manager keep track of all your passwords so you do not have to do it or do it badly. A password manager according to Wikipedia is software that helps a user organize passwords and PIN codes. The software typically has a local database or a file that holds the encrypted password data for secure logon onto computers, networks, web sites and application data files.
Top 10 Password Managers from Information Week
Review of Password Managers from Top Ten Reviews
How Safe are Password Managers from Tech Republic
Apps to Protect Your Array of Passwords from The New York Times
We are not going to stop using email so we need to make sure we know how to minimize the risks with using email.
How to Spot a Dangerous Email Attachment from Make Use Of
Cybersecurity and Law Firms: A Business Risk – An article from Law Practice magazine of the Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association
Law Firms Tout CyberSecurity Cred – from the Wall Street Journal
Cloud Cover: Insuring Technology & Cyberliability Risks – ABA Section of Litigation Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee,
Women In Insurance Networking Workshop, 2012
Preventing Law Firm Data Breaches from an article from Law Practice magazine of the Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association