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Law firms can fall victim to data breaches

| Jan 29, 2020 | Uncategorized |

Law firms should do everything they can to protect employee and client data. Unfortunately, both parties could suffer if the firm gets hit by a cyberattack. According to a recent report, more than 100 law firms across the country have reported cybersecurity threats to authorities since 2014. However, only a handful of states require law firms to report them.

In one specific instance, a firm said that employee W-2 forms got mistakenly transmitted to an unauthorized party. The transaction appeared to be a legitimate request from management. However, it ended up being a phishing scandal. As a result, it allegedly exposed the private data of more than 800 people.

How can a law firm data breach impact me?

Whether you work for a law firm or are being represented by one, these breaches can have a significant impact on your livelihood. Some of the damage you could endure as a result include:

  • Exposure of your private records.
  • Exposure of your Social Security number.
  • Exposure of the arguments in your case.
  • Exposure of your salary.
  • Exposure of your home address.
  • Exposure of your email address.
  • Exposure of account usernames and passwords.
  • Exposure of private financial information.
  • Exposure of your credit card number.
  • Exposure of your retirement account information.

Your information deserves to be kept secure

In an age where confidential information gets stored online, you can’t afford to have your information stolen due to your law firm’s negligence. If that’s the case, you and your loved ones may want to seek legal counsel to compensate for your losses.