There are many pitfalls lawyers should avoid while traveling that will help to protect your law firm’s sensitive data. In an article in the security current, they discussed a trend of hackers targeting hotel business centers. Members of a criminal gang were recently arrested in the Dallas Ft. Worth area for installing keylogger malware on computers in hotel business centers. In addition to this risk, it’s very easy for lawyers and other professional service providers to have their data compromised when using public wifi networks in hotels, airports, or coffee shops. In addition to the hassle of dealing with a loss of sensitive information, your law firm could be subject to regulatory fines and penalties or could be subject to a legal malpractice claim from one of your clients.
Some of the things you can do to protect your law firm’s information while traveling are:
- Make sure your lawyers cell phones have mobile hotspots enabled. These networks are much more secure than public wifi networks.
- Make sure your e-mail and file sharing systems are secure and encrypted.
- Educated your lawyers on the alternatives to using public wifi and the impact a breach can have on your firm.
- Maintain a comprehensive breach response strategy in the event data is compromised and understand how your legal malpractice policy will respond if at all.