Ethically Safeguarding Your Clients’ Data and Your Law License

Presented by Ron Chichester and Al Harrison

The Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Texas
Friday, June 23, 2017
Dallas, Texas


  1. Why Cybersecurity Matters
  2. Where are we Vulnerable?
  3. What can we do about it?

Why Cybersecurity Matters

“Law firms are a rich target” -- Patrick Fallon Jr., FBI Assistant Special Agent

Most Law firms are low-hanging fruit

Law Firms are undergoing security audits

Where are we Vulnerable?


Operating Systems

Online Accounts

Software Applications


SmartPhones, Tablets

Physical Security

Email and Phishing

Operating Systems

Online Accounts

Software Applications and Other Apps


Routers and Modems

Smartphones and Tablets

Physical Security

What Can We Do About It?


Update Your Software

Use Strong Passwords

Choose Less Vulnerable Software

Remember, some of the best software is free


What is Ransomware?

The Enterprise Survival Guide for Ransomware Attacks

What is Phishing and How to Avoid it

Backup and Recovery

What is Malware and How to Avoid it

Using the Cloud Securely

More Resources

Let's Encrypt (Free Encryption for Websites)

Secure Password Generator (On the Web)

ownCloud (Your Own Private Dropbox+)

7-zip (Encrypted File Compression)

Even More Resources

How to secure Windows 10: The paranoid's guide

macOS Security and Privacy Guide

Locking Down Linux