Cybersecurity Fundamentals For Law Firms And Attorneys

Program Summary

Hackers target lawyers and law firms for the private client information and secrets they hold. The volume and intensity of cyber attacks and breaches affecting law firms and attorneys are at unprecedented levels and are escalating rapidly.

As you consider taking this cybersecurity continuing legal education (CLE) program ask yourself these questions:

  • How do I stop a denial of service or ransomware attack?
  • What do I do once I discover I've been hacked? What am I obligated to do?
  • How do I explain the loss of confidential information from a cyber security breach to my clients and The Florida Bar?
  • What happens after my personal data files and my client files are lost due to malicious malware?

The Rules Regulating The Florida Bar state "When transmitting a communication that includes information relating to the representation of a client, the lawyer must take reasonable precautions to prevent the information from coming into the hands of unintended recipients." What could have passed for "special security measures" just a couple of years ago might not even pass the "reasonable precautions" obligation for attorneys today. It's time to get serious about cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity Fundamentals For Law Firms And Attorneys is a series of continuing legal education or CLE events conducted over live web meetings and interactive webinars. Accredited by The Florida Bar, these continuing legal education courses are designed to help educate and inform participants about basic fundamentals of cybersecurity as it pertains to The Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, which were recently updated. We will discuss attorney and law firm compliance with with Florida Bar Rules: 4-1.1, 4-1.3, 4-1.6, 4-5.1, 4-5.3 and Ethics Opinions 10-2 and 12-3. We will also cover compliance with ABA's Model Rules of Professional Conduct including Rules 1.3, 1.6, 5.1 and 5.3 and ABA Formal Opinion 477R: Securing Communication of Protected Client Information.

This program is modeled on the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Interagency Report 7621 and references the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. These resources are filled with useful tips and valuable insights for attorneys, paralegals and law firm office workers concerned about cybersecurity. This CLE program and NIST documents are intended to present the fundamentals of a small business information security program in non-technical language.

Value Proposition

  1. Learn effective ways to protect your clients, yourself and your law firm from cybersecurity attacks and breaches.
  2. Earn up to six (6) hours of Florida Bar continuing legal education credit (General, Ethics, Technology).
  3. Discount rates for non-lawyer participants; great for training law firm office workers.
  4. Certificate of Completion can serve as proof of cybersecurity training. Nice to have in the event of litigation and/or client-requested audit which is likely after a cyber breach.
  5. Program Web meetings are private, secure and confidential. Flexible schedule for meeting times.
  6. Learn how the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework can benefit your law firm.
  7. Knowledgable and friendly web meeting host(s).

Program Outline

Web meeting participants can take one, two or all three parts of the program. There is no requirement for participants to complete all three parts of the program to earn CLE credit.

  • Part One - Understanding Information Security And Cybersecurity (1.2 hours Ethics Florida Bar CLE credit)
  • Part Two - Safeguarding Attorney And Client Information (2.4 hours General, Technology Florida Bar CLE credit)
  • Part Three - Cyber Security Workshop: Safeguarding Attorney And Client Information (2.4 hours General, Technology Florida Bar CLE credit)

CLE Format

Live web meetings (interactive webinars) with easy-to-understand on-screen presentations.

Program Objective

Florida Participants

Help educate and inform participants about cybersecurity specifically for law firms and attorneys; covering recently updated Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. We will discuss attorney and law firm compliance with with Florida Bar Rules: 4-1.1, 4-1.3, 4-1.6, 4-5.1, 4-5.3 and Ethics Opinions Opinions 10-2 and 12-3.

All Participants

Covering attorney and law firm compliance with ABA's Model Rules of Professional Conduct (Rules 1.3, 1.6, 5.1 and 5.3) and ABA Formal Opinion 477R: Securing Communication of Protected Client Information.

CLE Eligibility Requirement

Active Florida Bar members. Non-lawyer office workers can also participate so long as their meeting party includes at least one attorney from their firm who is an active Florida Bar member at the time of the meeting. Non-lawyers and group discount rates are available upon request.

Technology Requirements

Broadband internet access enabled computer, tablet or mobile device with up-to-date Google Chrome browser installed. Free (or paid) Google account. All three CLE web meetings use Google Hangouts Meet, an easy to use video presentation and collaboration tool (see Google Meet system requirements for more information).