Law Firm Compliance Challenges Underscore Need for Renewed Cyber Security Focus

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Legal technology expert explores law firm compliance challenges, including knowing which regulations apply and essential compliance responsibilities—in a new article from Messaging Architects

Law Firm Compliance Challenges
For attorneys, the compliance landscape proves especially difficult. Each client potentially brings both sensitive data and additional regulations, adding to law firm compliance challenges.

Messaging Architects, an eMazzanti Technologies Company and legal technology expert, examines law firm compliance challenges in a new article. The informative article first asserts that attorneys must understand how and when numerous regulations apply to law firms.

The author then discusses the essential compliance responsibilities for law firms and the critical consequences of non-compliance. He concludes by listing four best practices to address law firm compliance challenges, including compliance and security awareness training, information governance, basic cyber security, and regular audits with continuous monitoring.

“For attorneys, the compliance landscape proves especially difficult,” stated Greg Smith, Vice President of Services Delivery at Messaging Architects. “Each client potentially brings both sensitive data and additional regulations, adding to law firm compliance challenges.”

Below are a few excerpts from the article, “Law Firm Compliance Challenges Underscore Need for Renewed Cyber Security Focus.”

Understand How and When Regulations Apply to Law Firms

“Law firms occupy a unique position that makes them potentially subject to a wide range of regulations. Like any organization, they must comply with the evolving privacy laws of the state(s) in which they do businesses. However, in addition, they must take into account industry-specific data security and privacy laws that apply to any and all of their clients.”

“For instance, healthcare providers must adhere to the strict mandates of HIPAA, which requires them to safeguard protected health information (PHI). But HIPAA regulations also extend to ‘business associates’ of those healthcare providers, who must also comply with HIPAA.”

Essential Compliance Responsibilities for Law Firms

“The American Bar Association (ABA) gives general guidance to law firms in ABA Rule 1.6. This rule indicates that attorneys should ‘make reasonable efforts to prevent the inadvertent or unauthorized disclosure of, or unauthorized access to, information relating to the representation of a client.’ Additional ethics opinions provide more guidance on cyber security concerns.”

Critical Consequences of Non-Compliance

While achieving and maintaining compliance can seem daunting, the risks of non-compliance are significant. For instance, HIPAA fines can skyrocket up to $50 thousand per violation for willful neglect of rules, with a maximum fine of $1.5 million per year. But even if states attorney generals do not impose fines, non-compliance can have devastating effects.

Law Firm Compliance Experts

Law firm compliance challenges and the consequences of failure to comply can seem daunting. But the Legal IT consultants at Messaging Architects have the experience and tools necessary to assist law firms as they identify and implement compliance strategies.

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About Messaging Architects

Messaging Architects specializes in effectively managing and securing an organization’s most precious asset, its information. With over 20 years of information management and technology consulting experience, the Messaging Architects team has provided corporations, educational intuitions, health care facilities and nonprofits with methodologies, procedures, and technology to keep their data organized, compliant and secure.

About eMazzanti Technologies

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