August 17, 2018

Experts warn law firms of cyber threats at Aug 22 webinar

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2018 — Businesses and law firms of all sizes face unprecedented challenges from cyberattacks. The 2016 presidential race revealed how hacktivists and enterprising criminal actors can wreak havoc with databases and business firewalls to make political statements, influence elections, or plunder proprietary data.

The American Bar Association Cybersecurity Task Force will host cyber experts from the private sector and former government officials in a discussion of the most up-to-date information about hacking activities in the third webinar of a five-part series called “While You Were Sleeping: Ever-Changing Cybersecurity Threats and What You Need to Know Now,” from 1-2:30 p.m. on Aug. 22.

Panelists include:

  • Scott Charney, corporate vice president, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft, Seattle
  • Robert S. Litt, of counsel, Morrison & Foerster LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Paul Rosenzweig, founding principal, Red Branch Consulting PLLC, Washington, D.C.
  • Lucy Thomson, CISSP; founding principal, Livingston PLLC, Washington, D.C.


The panel will discuss the massive Panama Papers breach that affected the Mossack Fonseca law firm in 2016, the Equifax data breach, and the WannaCry and Petya/NotPetya ransomware attacks in June 2017. They also will discuss how many law firms are taking on levels of risk they may not understand and how to address such threats.

The fourth and fifth webinars in the series are:

  • Sept. 12: “Cybersecurity is Not One Size Fits All: Addressing Night and Day Differences for Solos/Small Firms, Megafirms, Companies, Government, and Nonprofits” — Panelists will discuss cybersecurity challenges, regardless of the practice setting or organization size.

  • Oct. 17: “What Clients Want: Cybersecurity Requirements You Never Dreamed Of” —Businesses are making cybersecurity demands on all business partners – law firms, vendors, and so on – and frequently these demands take people by surprise. This panel will discuss cybersecurity requirements such as issuing and responding to client surveys about cybersecurity practices, cybersecurity dos and don’ts in M&A transactions and the overlooked cybersecurity linchpin: training and creating a culture of awareness.


For more information or to register for the webinars or access previous webinars, which are free for members of the media, please contact Betsy Adeboyejo at Betsy.Adeboyejo@americanbar.org.

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