In the last installment of a four-part series, Karen Painter Randall, chair of Connell Foley’s Cyber Security and Data Privacy Group and co-chair of the firm’s Professional Liability Group, and Steven A. Kroll, an associate in the Groups, authored the article "Part 4 of 4: Law Firms -- The New Soft Underbelly of American Cybersecurity" for the Fall/Winter 2016 issue of USLAW Magazine.
The legal profession is not immune from the threat of a costly cyber incident. In fact, the FBI has issued warnings and held meetings with nearly all of the top law firms in New York about the risk of a data breach and theft of confidential and proprietary client information. Since at least 2009, the FBI, the U.S. Secret Service, and other law enforcement agencies have warned law firms that their computer files were targets for cyber criminals and thieves looking for valuable confidential and proprietary information, including corporate mergers, patent and trade secrets, litigation strategy, and more.
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