Technology & Cyber Security 2017

October 2017

This seminar is approved for 7.3 total WV MCLE AV credits, including 2.4 Ethics/Law Office Management credits.

Cybersecurity for Lawyers: How to Meet and Exceed Your Ethical Duty to Protect Your Clients Data         

Every day in America data breaches occur and important information gets into the wrong hands. Because they possess information from clients that’s confidential, sensitive, and valuable, lawyers are attractive targets for cybercriminals. In many instances, the information is easier for criminals to obtain from the lawyer than the client because of the difference in the level of security. So, what is the responsibility of a lawyer to protect his client’s data? And what can a law firm do so that its clients can rest easy that their data is safe? Join former U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld to learn what every law firm should be doing to harden its cyber defenses.

William Ihlenfeld, Esquire        
Bailey & Glasser LLP

Overview of the Cybersecurity Program Components and Recommended Cybersecurity Practices  

This session will cover identifying the need for Cybersecurity and why certain business operations need Cybersecurity programs. Then, the various components of effective Cybersecurity program will be explained, as well as the steps for establishing a program. Finally, the speaker will discuss the protocols that should be in place before an Intrusion and address best practices for responding to an Incident.

John Reasbeck, President
Omni Strategic Technologies

The Comprehensive View of Cyber Security  

Dr. Reed will explore how cyber-attacks occur at the basic level in order to provide participants with a working dialogue that can be used when talking with IT experts. Attorneys need to know their own system requirements, and understand how those needs may change over time, either with office growth or advances in technology. Knowing what questions to ask various software firms or security providers is key to ensuring compliance with confidentiality requirements and maintaining ethical responsibilities.

Professor Bradley Reed
WVU College of Business and Economics

Security and Cybersecurity Issues for Law Firms and Clients:  How Will You Respond?          

This presentation will explore Security and Cybersecurity Issues facing law firms and their clients.  Likewise, the need for robust planning to prevent, thwart, and respond to threats and incidents will be addressed.  Attendees will consider recent analyses of threats and compliance efforts.  Then, participants will review steps needed to maximize efforts, in order to assure their firm meets a satisfactory level of preparedness. 

Susan Pauley, Esquire
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Ethics and Email  

This session will cover the use of email, specifically, as it pertains to attorneys’ responsibility to maintain client confidences. Emails are just another form of written communication for lawyers. They are considered “writings” according to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, and as such, lawyers should treat them the same way they treat letters and pleadings. As such, there are basic ethical obligations related to emails, and attorneys should be aware of potential pitfalls when using information systems that may be maintained by someone outside the firm.

Jack Hoblitzell, Esquire          
Kay Casto & Chaney PLLC

Leveraging Technology for an Efficient Litigation Practice

This session will address various ways to use technology to build a leaner, more efficient litigation practice. During the first half of the session, learn how to develop and maintain a “tool box” that can improve the speed and quality of your drafting process at all stages of litigation. During the second half, we will focus on discovery. Given the prevalence of digital communication and information storage, learn how to more efficiently locate, gather, and use the electronic evidence that really matters in your case. 

Kelly Griffith, Esquire        
Thomson Reuters' Practical Law service