Law firms play a crucial role in the society. One the one hand law firms help in maintaining law and order in the society and on the other hand they help in smooth conduct of business and commercial transactions. Law firms have a fiduciary relationship with their clients towards the information and documents the clients provide to the law firms. Under such fiduciary obligation, law firms are required to maintain strict privacy of the privileged communications between lawyers and clients.
We have outlined some of the cyber security obligations for law firms, lawyers and legal professionals
that they must take care of. This is a techno legal obligations that need attention of top management or partners of such law firms.
If we analyse the recent cyber security trends, it is clear that cyber criminals have increased cyber attacks upon law firms to mine sensitive documents about future merger and acquisitions between big companies. There are also other crucial information and documents that are available to the law firms and stored at their computer systems and networks. If such computers and networks are breached, this can cause serious commercial and strategic loss to the companies owning such legal documents. Perry4Law Organisation (P4LO)
and Perry4Law’s Techno Legal Base (PTLB)
have also released two cyber security trends in India for the year 2017 for various stakeholders. They can be found at P4LO
respectively. These trends are also applicable to law firms, lawyers and legal professionals.
We believe that the year 2017 would test law firms with complicated cyber security challenges that most of them are not prepared for. Cyber security is a long term and continuous commitment and unless the culture of cyber security is essential part of law firm working, things would not change much.