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Hackers Target Law Firms: Weak Cybersecurity Make Law Firms Irresistible To Hackers

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Why do hackers target law firms? Simply put-  The weak cybersecurity of law firms make them an irresistible lucrative easy target for hackers. Not only are they a goldmine for highly sensitive corporate, financial, and personal data, but also because most firms aren’t prepared to fight off such attacks.

Hackers target law firms with a vengeance — An ALM Legal Intelligence’s cybersecurity report, 95% of corporate counsel agree that cyber-attacks are becoming more frequent. But most law firms continue to ignore the threat with nearly one-third not undergoing any formal information, cybersecurity, and privacy assessment.

Just take a look at what happened to global law firm DLA Piper, who, after proclaiming themselves experts on cybersecurity (even offering their services to affected companies through their 24/7 Rapid Response hotline) fell victim to a massive ransomware attack. Ouch.

For days, they were unable to have access to their files and had to revert to good ol’ fashioned texting to manage the law firm’s operations. And with companies losing anywhere from $300,000 to $1.7 million every hour of downtime, it’s not surprising that it’s still reeling from the attack.

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The Impact Of Natural Disasters On Your Law Firm

impact of natural disasters on your firmWhen we think about business risks, we often overlook some of the most destructive factors. There’s so much focus on protecting assets from malicious cyber attacks and human error—especially in law firms—that most fail to prepare for the impact of natural disasters on your firm.

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Outsourced vs. In-House IT Solutions For Law Firms – Which One’s Better?

IT solutions for law firmsIn house IT or outsourced — which one is better for your law firm? As a law firm, you deal with clients on a daily basis. These clients trust you with their confidential data—data that you have to entrust to a team of experienced employees. These employees juggle multiple tasks—clients and cases, deadlines and documents, managing the law firm and ensuring seamless administrative efficiency. Most importantly, everything has to run with exceptional precision, simultaneously. That’s a lot, even for established companies. And to help them with it, they seek out IT solutions for law firms that can give them a competitive edge.

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Data Privacy For Lawyers: How Lawyers Should Protect Client Information And Confidentiality

data privacy for lawyersWhether you’re a legal administrator, office administrator or managing partner in your law firm, you need to lead the charge to create awareness around data privacy for lawyers in your firm. Examining the reasons behind cyber insurance claims, the numbers reveal that the biggest threat accounting firms face is internal — the lack of training among its employees and contractors.

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Social Media For Law Firms: Just How Important Is It?

Social Media for Law Firms Is Very ImportantLet’s put it this way. Even unicorns exist in Google. So there’s absolutely no reason for your law firm not to have an active online presence. That’s just how important social media for law firms is. Period.

And if done right, a law firm’s social media presence will prove to be a strategic business decision that results in tangible and highly-profitable gains.

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How Does The Recent Facebook Hack Affect Law Firms?

Facebook Hack Dangerous For Law FirmsWith Halloween this week we just couldn’t help ourselves. We had to take a look at this scary story of Facebook’s recent cyber hack of the century.  The recent Facebook hack directly compromised an estimated 50 million Facebook accounts – including those of its bigwigs Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg.

Add the other 40 million at-risk accounts, and it puts this breach as the largest the social networking site has ever experienced.

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Data Recovery Plan For Law Firms: Managed Services Providers Don’t Let Natural Disasters Wipe Out Your Law Firm

Law Firm Data RecoveryNatural disasters like Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael remind us of the importance of building data recovery plan for law firms: managed services providers keep you in business – rain or shine.

October is Cyber-Security awareness month. In lieu of all the recent hurricane activities, in this article we’re diving into data recovery and data disaster planning for law firms. You won’t want to miss our upcoming webinar, Cyber Fortress: Protecting Your Data Empire — check it out here!

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Advances In Technology Cause Shift In The Nature Of Legal Work

What once was a seller’s market has now clearly become a buyer’s market, and the effects of that change are significant.

With the freedom to utilize services outside of their traditional firm, clients are demanding more value for services received. Is your firm adapting to this shift in the legal relationship dynamic to meet the needs of 21st century customers?

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How Lawyers Destroy Trust: Lessons For All Businesses

An article titled “10 Ways Lawyers Quickly Destroy Trust (and 10 Ways to Fix It)” just can’t be ignored.  Written by Lee Rosen, based in Raleigh, this piece highlights several dos and don’ts that really make sense and several can be easily translated into all service businesses.

If you are in the legal profession (or for that matter, in any professional services industry), this post expands the points that Lee’s making in his excellent article as well as my personal experience dealing with lawyers for my business.

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