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Vulnerable Vendors: The Critical Role of Service Providers to Law Firm and Corporate Legal Department Cybersecurity
Presenter: Jim Ballowe, Chief Information Officer, Esquire Deposition Solutions
Approved for 1.0 HR. CLE Credit
Course Overview/Description: Cybersecurity is only as strong as your weakest link. No matter how well you shore up your firm or corporate legal department, you can still become vulnerable through a vendor. Chances are you’ve heard of more than one company recently that has suffered costly, embarrassing, and damaging breaches that jeopardized customer relationships. For corporate legal departments, the weak link may be an outside law firm. For a law firm, the weak link may be a deposition services provider.
What can happen if the deposition services provider systems are hacked? Personally identifiable information of lawyers, clients, witnesses and others can be grabbed from transcripts, scheduling and billing systems. Confidential documents pertaining to undisclosed settlement terms can be exposed in the media or used for blackmail. Private health information can be exposed, risking a HIPAA violation. Deposition transcripts, exhibits, videos and more can be stolen, changed, destroyed, altered, or publicized.
All of these scenarios jeopardize cases and reputations, potentially putting law firms out of business. Companies that hire law firms and law firms that hire deposition services providers are becoming increasingly concerned about these risks. Two-thirds of chief legal officers view cybersecurity as very or extremely important, according to the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Chief Legal Officers 2017 Survey.
In this informative one-hour CLE course, we will take a comprehensive look at security capabilities that law firms and corporations should look for in deposition services providers to address cybersecurity risks.
Refreshments will be provided.