Peer to Peer Magazine

Spring 2018

The quarterly publication of the International Legal Technology Association

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52 PEER TO PEER: THE QUARTERLY MAGAZINE OF ILTA | SPRING 2018 Protecting Your Law Firm: Two Experts Discuss Website and Data Security ASK THE EXPERT Protecting Your Law Firm: Two Experts Discuss Website and Data Security How has digital security evolved with technology? Michael Kolb: As more data becomes available online, so do the risks associated with hosting it. Law firms have a duty to keep data secure. Fortunately, they can use processes and technologies to keep their websites and client data safe. Zachary Peer: Digital security continuously advances to match the sophistication of cybercriminals. Law firms should consider four security measures: » Web applications firewalls (WAFs). » Monitoring web logs. » Vulnerability scanning. » Distributed denial-of-service protection (DDoS). WAFs and DDoS protection shield websites from malicious incoming requests. Monitoring web logs – lists of incoming web activity – allows law firms to detect unusual activities. Vulnerability scanning uncovers potential weaknesses in a law firm's security measures. It is one thing to understand the importance of law firm cybersecurity but another entirely to thwart increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks. Such attacks can harm a law firm's digital presence and integrity and result in issues ranging from blocked website traffic to exposed confidential client information. We recently sat down with Michael Kolb, chief information and security officer at Dickinson Wright, and Zachary Peer, technology director at digital agency One North, to discuss how to keep websites and data secure.

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