August is ABA Resource Month at the Harris County Law Library. On this Tech Tuesday, we're spotlighting a new tech-related ABA publication, a recent addition to our collection on a topic of growing concern, cybersecurity and the protection of client data.
Locked Down: Practical Information Security for Lawyers is authored by three of the most prominent figures in the field of legal tech, Sharon D. Nelson and John W. Simek of Sensei Enterprises (and co-hosts of Digital Detectives on the Legal Talk Network), and David G. Ries, a Pittsburgh attorney specializing in data protection, information security, and digital forensics.
The authors begin by discussing the Model Rules of Professional Conduct. In particular, they point to Rule 1.6, which requires members of the Bar to protect client confidentiality. They also discuss the challenges of securing data in the age of nearly universal connectivity and widespread mobility. Recognizing the inherent difficulties of guarding against data breaches, the authors provide solutions and advice, as well as answers to common questions regarding passwords, multifactor authentication, smartphone security, encryption, and the use of public wi-fi networks.
Be sure to check out the final Appendix of the book where key developments in the field in information security are addressed, such as the Cybersecurity Informaton Sharing Act of 2015. Also included are recommended sources for tracking vulnerabilities and threats, namely Naked Security News and SANS OUCH!