Lawyers And Email: Ethical And Security Considerations

Law360, New York (July 7, 2014, 10:10 AM EDT) -- The specter of attorney-client privilege has a long and well-respected history in litigation ... but means nothing at all to a hacker. “Delete this email if you are not the intended recipient” or similar language theoretically sounds imposing, but essentially does nothing to protect firm or client data from any nefarious actors who view it (though they may get a good chuckle before reading the “forbidden” email).

In May 2014, LexisNexis published a study pertaining to law firm security awareness versus actual practices with respect to communications and file sharing with clients.[1] Almost 90 percent of those surveyed used email to...

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