Cybersecurity Tips at Warp Speed for Lawyers

By Tracy Schorn

August 14, 2017


“Cybersecurity gremlins abound,” says Sharon Nelson of Sensei Enterprises, Inc. Learn how to keep those gremlins at bay and protect your client data at the upcoming digital security CLE course, “Your Ethical Duty to Protect Client Data,” on August 21. Nelson and her Sensei colleague John Simek will be presenting cybersecurity tips, and D.C. Bar Legal Ethics Counsel Erika Stillabower will be on hand to answer your ethics questions.

Lawyers have an ethical duty to keep their client data confidential, but all too often, information security is not prioritized by law firms. Cybersecurity must be a part of firm culture, Nelson says. “As the saying goes, ‘If you see something, say something.’”

It costs money to protect data and businesses frequently resist budgeting for security, even though an ounce of prevention is far less expensive than a pound of cure. Investigating and remediating data breaches is hideously expensive, not to mention the necessity of complying with state data breach notification laws. But you can start protecting your data today with these simple steps, says Nelson (who will share more “warp speed” tips at the CLE course).

1. Back up your data and engineer those backups to be impervious to ransomware
2. Change all default IDs and passwords—everywhere!
3. Never use public computers. They have an average of seven pieces of ransomware.
4. Beware of social engineering. Microsoft will never call you to tell you it has discovered a problem with your machine.

The CLE course also will cover:

  • Cybersecurity standards for small businesses
  • How to prevent data breaches using a combination of technology, policies, and training
  • Secure computing when you’re on the road or abroad
  • Two-factor authentication
  • Intrusion detection systems
  • Encryption
  • The new rules for strong passwords and password management
  • What you must do after a data breach and the components of an Incident Response Plan
  • Defending against—and recovering from—ransomware

The course will take place from 12 to 2:15 p.m. at the D.C. Bar Conference Center, 1101 K Street NW.

Register today for the in-person course or the Webinar