Monday, June 3, 2019

Legal Cybersecurity: A Lawyer’s Obligation

Most of us are familiar with Attorney-Client privilege, or an attorney’s obligation to maintain the privacy of the communications between themselves and clients.

This enables the lawyer to have the full confidence of their client and work to their best advantage. 

Recently, the American Bar Association (ABA) has published guidance on how this obligation to privacy extends to digital data. 

They state that a lawyer has a strong obligation to protect all electronic communications and data exchanged in the attorney-client relationship.

The Risks

Because lawyers often handle confidential client material, this data can be vulnerable to targeting by hackers. Oftentimes attorneys have financial documentation, identity documents, and in some cases health records pertaining to clients.

Furthermore, the ABA urges legal practices to have a plan of action for handling data breaches before they occur. 

While the ABA offers guidance, it does not go so far as to recommend technology to support legal practices, leaving legal cybersecurity at their discretion.

Legal Cybersecurity with Trustwire

Trustwire simplifies the process of protecting client data for attorneys. Clients and attorneys can exchange files and messages with strong end-to-end encryption. 

Furthermore, neither clients nor legal practices will have to bother with downloading software or learning difficult encryption. 

Simply sign up with Trustwire with an existing email address and both attorneys and clients and store and share files securely.

Take a look at some of our features:

· Strong encryption: AES 256-bit and RSA 4096-bit encryption that is open sourced.

· Trust: Our encryption has no built-in backdoors, and we cannot access your files or messages.

· Privacy: Your usage, location, and data are never tracked, sold, or given away.

· Simplicity: User-friendly for even the most technologically-challenged user.

· Accessibility: Attorneys and clients can access the web-based portal from any device and any modern browser.

Find out how your legal practice can benefit from secure communications with Trustwire.

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