Law Firms’ Prime Data Security Threat: Their Own Employees

March 11, 2014 – In The News
The Legal Intelligencer

Scott L. Vernick was quoted in The Legal Intelligencer article, "Law Firms’ Prime Data Security Threat: Their Own Employees." Full text can be found in the March 11, 2014, article, but a synopsis is noted below.

Law firms’ efforts to protect client data from breaches entail complex productions when it comes to ensuring the physical and cyber security of their clients’ information. And while threats from foreign hackers are real, the biggest threat to a law firm’s information security comes from its own employees.

Scott L. Vernick, a noted privacy attorney and partner at Fox Rothschild, said firms need to think of themselves as any other business when it comes to security threats.

"To a certain extent, we've always been highly mindful of the confidential nature of client data, but I don't know that that's translated completely to the thinking that we are just like any other business and so we have to think about data security like any other business," he said.

Managing vendors can be a key aspect of data security for firms as well. Vernick noted there has been discussion of whether videoconferencing opens up firms to potential breaches. To combat this, Vernick said Fox Rothschild doesn’t used Web-based systems for that, but rather goes through a firewall-protected network.

This article was also featured in the New Jersey Law Journal.