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Law Firm Technology: Cybersecurity

This guide prepares law students for practice by introducing them to technological issues facing legal practitioners.

Recent Books on Practical Cybersecurity for Lawyers

The books listed here are all held by the University of South Carolina Law Library.

Click on a title to see whether the book is currently available or checked out, and where in the law library it can be found.

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Library Resources - for further research

HeinOnline - Law Journal Library

suggested search query "law firm cybersecurity"

Preliminary results include:

Getting Serious about Law Firm Cybersecurity [comments]
New Jersey Lawyer
, Vol. 2016, Issue 300 (June 2016), pp. 54-58
Randall, Karen PainterKroll, Steven A.  

6 Tips for Law Firm Cybersecurity [article]
Legal Management, Vol. 36, Issue 9 (October 2017), pp. 18-21
Hogan, Chris  

Internal Office Practices Can Make or Break a Law Firm's Cybersecurity [article]
Montana Lawyer, Vol. 41, Issue 3 (December/January 2015), pp. 16-17
MacLean, Erin F.Micu, Deborah M.    

Securing Your Law Firm's Website: A Critical Cybersecurity Task [article]
Hot Buttons
Law Practice, Vol. 43, Issue 2 (March/April 2017), pp. 26-29
Nelson, Sharon D.Simek, John W. 

HeinOnline - Law Journal Library

suggest narrowing to South Carolina Lawyer magazine, then query "law firm cybersecurity"

Preliminary results include:

How to Be Sure You're Cybersecure [article]
South Carolina Lawyer, Vol. 29, Issue 6 (May 2018), pp. 19-24
Finkel, Ed   

2017 Technethics Year in Review [notes]
South Carolina Lawyer, Vol. 29, Issue 5 (March 2018), pp. 12-14
Crystal, Nathan  

Cyber Security for Law Firms [notes]
South Carolina Lawyer, Vol. 29, Issue 2 (September 2017), pp. 10-12
Troutman, Courtney


Ethics in Cybersecurity:
- Duty of Confidentiality
- Duty of Competence
- Duty to Supervise Staff and Third Parties

Source: Ethics and Cybersecurity: Obligations to Protect Client Data, Drew Simshaw and Stephen S. Wu, ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law, March 2015.

SCACR Rule 1.6 (Confidentiality of Information), Comments 19 and 20

SCACR Rule 1.1 (Competence), Comment 8

Maintaining Competence [6] To maintain the requisite knowledge and skill, a lawyer should keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including a reasonable understanding of the benefits and risks associated with technology the lawyer uses to provide services to clients or to store or transmit information related to the representation of a client, engage in continuing study and education and comply with all continuing legal education requirements to which the lawyer is subject.

SCACR Rule 5.3 (Responsibilities Regarding Nonlawyer Assistants), Comment 1