Hickey Smith Awarded ISO 27001 Certification for Fourth Consecutive Year

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Proven information security management system demonstrates risk mitigation and commitment to protecting sensitive client information

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Not only do organizations need to perform their due-diligence on data security before engaging with outside counsel; It’s the responsibility of every law firm to develop an ISMS program based on best practices, protect personal information, secure private data, and be prepared for cyber attacks.

Hickey Smith LLP, a technology-driven law firm providing legal services worldwide, announced today that it has, for the fourth consecutive year, successfully achieved ISO 27001 certification. By continuously meeting the extensive criteria for ISO 27001, Hickey Smith affirms its ability to adhere to the most rigorous and recognized international security controls and standards for Information Security Management Systems (ISMS).

“Hickey Smith was part of an elite group of early adopters in the legal industry that achieved ISO certification in 2015,” said David M. Hickey, managing partner of Hickey Smith. “Continually renewing our certification demonstrates to our clients and third parties our ongoing commitment to meeting the most strenuous security management requirements.”

ISO 27001 is a well-known standard when it comes to protecting confidential and personal data. To earn ISO 27001 certification, an organization’s ISMS is reviewed and audited to ensure that controls are in place to preserve the confidentiality, integrity, and the transparent management of all sensitive information. The ISO standard also supports best practices that pair technology with people and processes to drive continuous improvements.

Due to increasing security risks facing the legal sector, it has become more important than ever for law firms to protect the information they hold and manage. Law firm clients are aware of elevated risks and the liabilities associated with information security incidents, and as a result have enhanced their evaluation of vendors and third parties, requiring law firms to demonstrate how they safeguard their confidential data. ISO 27001 certification provides a proven framework for a law firm to highlight its ability to secure and protect all confidential clients’ case information, financial information, and all sensitive data.

Antonella Commiato, chief information security officer for Hickey Smith, said “The reality is, law firms have a duty to maintain and protect clients’ highly confidential data. Not only do organizations need to perform their due-diligence on data security before engaging with outside counsel; I believe it’s the responsibility of every law firm to develop an ISMS program based on best practices, protect personal information, secure private data, and be prepared for cyber attacks. The consequences of not doing so, for either party, can be detrimental.”

About Hickey Smith
Hickey Smith is a law firm purposely designed to deliver legal services with significantly greater efficiency, consistency, and added value. By deconstructing and refining traditional legal processes, applying workflow technology, and collecting and analyzing data, Hickey Smith is transforming the way legal services are delivered today. With an unrivaled combination of disciplined processes, technology expertise, and business leadership, Hickey Smith clients benefit from reduced total legal spend, improved quality, enhanced transparency, actionable insight, simplified management of outside counsel, and increased control. For more information, visit hickeysmith.com.

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