Inside Key ABA Guidance On Attorneys' Cybersecurity Duties

Law360 (December 12, 2018, 2:43 PM EST) -- As cyberattacks become more and more frequent, the American Bar Association continues to issue opinions regarding the ethical duties of attorneys in relation to them. On Oct. 17, 2018, the ABA issued yet another, Formal Opinion 483. While ABA rules are not binding on attorneys, it is expected that states will adopt similar guidelines, if they have not already done so. Attorneys must understand these rules — not only to properly serve their clients, but to protect their own business interests as well.

Formal Opinion 483 allows companies to better understand their attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, to protect the...

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