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They Should Know Better

In recent years, large law firms have become a target of identity thieves because they have not instituted the proper data security measures necessary to protect the vast amounts of information they hold that, in the wrong hands, can lead to identity theft. As long ago as 2011, the FBI warned major law firms of the dangers of identity theft and corporate espionage, particularly law firms with foreign offices in China and Russia. However, not enough law firms have heeded these warnings, and many continue to put unencrypted information on thumb drives, e-mail unencrypted information to smartphones and iPads that are not secure, and use unsecured networks in countries such as China and Russia where hacking is rampant. Fortunately, many law firms are changing their practices under pressure from clients such as large banks who are threatening to withdraw their legal business unless proper security is initiated.

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