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September 19, 2017

Column: The ethical obligation of cybersecurity

As lawyers we hold some of our clients' most sensitive information. A vibrant black market targets it. So law firms face greater security risks than ever before.

Hackers target lawyers because they see us as the "back door" around our clients' often more stringent security. The FBI has issued alerts to law firms, warning of spear-phishing emails containing malware and schemes in which criminals pretend to be overseas "clients." An ABA survey reports that nearly 14 percent of responding attorneys had suffered a security breach. The figure rises to 19 percent for firms with 10 to 49 attorneys, which means that every firm, large and small, is vulnerable to cyber risks.

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