Data breaches could expose sensitive client information, reveal details of a case, expose trade secrets, cost professional relationships, and more.
Attorneys and other legal professionals working in high-worth practice areas need a comprehensive data security plan that protects valuable, critical, and proprietary information with offline encrypted backup systems and portable storage devices, remote drive management, solid endpoint security, and antivirus protection.
According to a 2019 survey from the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center, 26% of respondents reported that their firms had experienced a data breach, while a further 19% admitted they were unsure if one had occurred at their firm. The majority of these reported attacks were in firms with over 100 attorneys, although smaller offices also reported breaches. As of 2016, the average data breach cost law firms a staggering $7.01 million.
These breaches not only potentially expose sensitive information, but can also lead to the loss of critical files, incur repair expenses, and cost attorneys billable hours.