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Navigating the Patchwork of Legal Regulation

With the chaos of 2020 in full swing, legal practitioners have been left reeling in the wake of COVID-19 and the enforcement of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and the New York Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security (SHIELD) Act. Remote hearings, remote depositions, and remote oath administrations have become the new norm allowing for a comprehensive shift in the practice of law.


Not only does the modern attorney have to adapt to a more remote practice of law, but one must also navigate the patchwork of legal regulations. Maintaining compliance has always been difficult, but with the New York SHIELD Act leading the charge, attorneys are facing more security and compliance requirements than ever before. This state by state trend will not stop with California and New York respectively. We can expect to see increased legislation and legal regulations on a per-state level in the near future.

How can attorneys maintain heightened security standards, avoid fines, and maintain compliance?

Cybersecurity has taken a more holistic shift in its implementation. These groups and experts focus on more than solely developing firewalls that inhibit your access to content. They now offer training programs, advanced compliance screenings, and can help your firm avoid penalties and fines. Ultimately, more data is protected under the law than ever before resulting in greater security and data protection standards.

When you think about cybersecurity, try not to focus 100% on compliance. Because the bad guys you should really worry about aren’t auditors, they’re hackers. And hackers today are targeting every single business and any network or computer connected to the Internet. The hackers are after everyone. When you do security, do it to protect your organization from those bad guys. It’s important for you to do that because focusing on compliance tends to have you thinking, “What’s the least we can do?” But, if you don’t want to get hacked and lose your clients’ data, your reputation, and your business, what you really need to be thinking is, “What else can we do?

Dave Newell of Loptr

Join us this Thursday, November 19th at 12:00 PM (Eastern) to discuss the latest legal compliance trends, review best practices, and walk through what happens after clicking a phishing link. Dave Newell of Loptr and Keith Mattox of Clinical Security are two industry experts that will be covering these topics and answering your questions.

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