Are Law Firms Doing Enough to Protect Themselves from Hackers?

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Trust between a client and their attorney is the bedrock of the legal profession’s integrity. In order for a lawyer to effectively argue a case, or provide useful counsel, the client needs to be completely honest with them. The client, in turn, needs to know that what they tell their attorney will be held in confidence.

In Canada, the United States, and other countries that operate using the English tradition of Common Law, the trust between a client and their lawyer is elevated to a legal guarantee known as attorney-client privilege or solicitor-client privilege.

Secure Phone from Hacker
Secure Phone from Hacker

So what happens if the information a client shares with their attorney is stolen? Not only can it have a devastating impact on the particular case, it also strikes at the trust on which the entire legal system is based. If a client cannot trust their lawyer to protect the information they share with them, how can they feel confident sharing it?

For this reason, law firms need to take cybersecurity risks seriously. Not only do they need to make sure client information in all forms is subject to the highest standards of protection, they also need to guarantee the security of their communications, both internally and with clients themselves. In many cases, the only way to do this is by investing in an encryption service that guarantees complete end-to-end security.

Businesses are waking up to the fact that smartphones protected by cutting-edge encryption algorithms are the only way to ensure that confidential information will stay confidential. Unfortunately, the legal profession has lagged behind other sectors in adopting the latest encryption tools.

Encrypted Smartphone
Encrypted Smartphone

While there is a growing awareness of the problem in the legal community, many firms are still struggling to understand what encryption really involves, and worry that encrypted smartphones will reduce their ability to respond in a timely and effective way to their clients’ needs and concerns.

The reality, however, is that new encryption tools like ChatMailSecure’s ChatMail Advanced Messaging and Parsing Protocol (CAMP) are designed to offer premium security without reducing functionality.

Android phones running the CAMP protocol can offer users chat, image messaging, and voice messaging. Because CAMP uses two different encryption protocols, a proprietary one based on Elliptical Curve Cryptography and the more widely available PGP encryption, users can communicate with a wide range of different contacts (you can click here to learn more about how CAMP’s encryption protocols work in conjunction with each other).

ChatMail is particularly useful to law firms because it provides them with tools that are necessary for legal professionals communicating with clients and with other members of their firm. For example, ChatMail offers encrypted group chat, and can even allow anonymous group chat, where only the conversation administrator knows the identities of the other members of the chat group.

Mobile Phone Encryption
Mobile Phone Encryption

For legal professionals who want the gold standard of communication encryption, but also want to ensure that encrypted smartphones are a practical addition to their communication strategy, ChatMailSecure provides the best of both worlds.

The American Bar Association’s 2017 report on technology noted that the number of firms that report experiencing a security breach of some kind has been growing steadily by a rate of 8% every year since 2013. For lawyers who want to ensure that their client’s information is secure, this should be a sobering statistic.

Fortunately, with cutting-edge encryption tools like ChatMail Secure, it is possible for law firms to keep internal communications secure without reducing the speed or effectiveness of their communication tools.