Cyber Security

Do You Know Can Cyber Security Affect Legal Ethics?

In World War II, the Wehrmacht – renowned for its scientific capabilities – designed an unbreakable coding machine that used the latest in what we would now call software programming. The computer was an electric typewriter that used reverse Polish notation to make it impossible for code to break. Cyber Security can affect legal ethics

The German generals had absolute confidence in the unbreakability of the ENIGMA code.

The Allied forces were completely in the dark like the communication of the German army. Then a group of young math geeks – what we would today call “hackers” – broke the code at Oxford University.

The way he did it was to manufacture his own version of an ENIGMA machine, called the ULTRA machine. Reverse coding, complex coding, allied intelligence was able to read German messages in real-time. This shortened to World War II.

The meaning of this ENIGMA story is to understand that no computer system is un-hackable, once the code is broken, the hacker realizes that all the target computers know.

Now in 2020, broken codes are a daily threat. IBM in its Security Intelligence article “Black-Hat Hackers” states that people who commit malicious cyberattacks are ubiquitous. It means “everywhere”.

Given that no system is now inaccessible, then what about the legal ethics of a practitioner committed to ethical service for his client?

> Legal ethics related to legally privileged information and communication between lawyer and client in each legal system include these ethical issues:

  • Privacy;
  • Confidentiality;
  • Protection against theft, fraud, and abuse,
  • Liability for loss or misuse of data,
  • Protection of copyright and trade secrets,
  • Preventing theft of intellectual property;
  • Demolition;

In short, good legal ethics in data security requires the highest level of data protection by a law firm or legal practice.

A conclusion related to the practice of legal ethics in times of Cyber Security threats is that law firm clients require law firms to complete comprehensive and exhaustive data security questionnaires and law to inspect their technology Can send assigned teams to the firm’s office. And physical security.

Based on this emerging trend, one strategy is to view state-of-the-art data security as a competitive advantage.

If law firms take over data protection and privacy laws and guidelines, especially in the top regulated industries they are positioning themselves as the sole choice of clients.

Positive Cyber Security practices, such as always encrypting data throughout processes and securing cloud-based storage services, then become marketable for lawyers.

Law firms or attorneys who wish to offer a competitive data protection environment must invest time, money, energy, and even change the staffing framework of law practice. The best way to ensure personal and corporate information is always safe from hackers, following legal guidelines that were developed as a set of best practices, not burdens.

For example, by following “… HIPAA, PCI DSS, and other industry regulations…”, some businesses may make a law firm a legal choice, with attorneys always protecting data and privacy for their client’s Attention should be paid to For the sake.

> Other suggestions for the immediate upgrade of data security:

1) Check Cyber Security external service providers, security software vendors, file sharing, apps, or email vendors. Most of these suppliers have access to all your data;

2) Update all software to the latest version.

3) Never open any personal data on a computer other than yourself.

4) Change the password as frequently and randomly as possible;

5) Develop policies for the handling and storage of hard copy originals, especially if signatures are attached. No software can replace Genius hardcopy.

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Anshika Katiyar

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