Law firms are notoriously not the best when it comes to technology, and now they’re struggling as breaches in firms have made headlines and clients are questioning their cybersecurity programs. As a result, firms are asking “What do we do to keep our systems and data safe? How can we keep this from happening to […]
Law firms are becoming increasingly aware of the interest cyber criminals are paying them. Despite this awareness, roughly 72% of respondents surveyed in a recent study admit their firm has not performed a risk assessment nor calculated the costs associated with a potential cyber breach. This oversight can lead to expensive ramifications should confidential client data and private firm-related information be leaked.
Superstorm Sandy left millions of people without power and caused billions of dollars in damage. However, many businesses were able to weather the storm because of the planning and preparation their core business continuity teams did before Sandy slammed into New York City. There are several fantastic stories of how companies survived and thrived during this incidents.
In 2013, there have been three incidents of active shooters opening fire in law firms. In January, an attorney in Arizona was shot and killed along with his client. In June, a man was shot getting into his car outside a law firm in North Carolina. Most recently, a disgruntled client fired several rounds at an attorney’s building in Louisiana before taking his own life. But as the world learned again on Sept. 16, even government offices aren’t safe from the threat of an active shooter.
In 2013, there have been multiple instances of active shooters opening fire in law firms around the country. Most recently, a disgruntled client opened fire at Upton Law Firm in Covington, La., before taking his own life. Law360 dedicated an article on why law firms should be concerned of this growing risk, and among the key quotes was: “If I was an attorney, I would take it seriously, and I would increase my awareness for the potential for these types of events…If an individual feels that he or she has been misrepresented, or wronged in some way, they may develop feelings of resentment, hatred, and, ultimately, a strong desire for revenge.”
Superstorm Sandy showed law firms how important it is to be prepared for the unexpected. Damage to facilities, lack of transportation, loss of power, and inability to access critical documents were all costly threats to firms’ productivity. Looking forward, not having inclusive, updated, and tested Business Continuity plans in place could mean attorneys and staff won’t have the support they need during future crises and recovery efforts.
As part of an industry focused on services, law firms know that their people are their most valuable assets. Yet many firms have crisis plans that are untested, rarely updated and lack consistency between office locations. Office administrators spend a lot of time researching best practices from a multitude of different sources, but don’t have an effective way to pass on the knowledge and maintain a whole team trained to lead a crisis response.
Preparis, Inc., the leading provider of web-based emergency preparedness services, announced today that Dickstein Shapiro LLP has selected Preparis as its emergency preparedness solutions provider.
Preparis, Inc., the leading web-based business preparedness company, announced today that Drew Eckl & Farnham, LLP has selected Preparis as its enterprise preparedness solutions provider.
Preparis, Inc., the leading web-based business preparedness company, announced today that Keller and Heckman, LLP has selected Preparis as its enterprise preparedness solutions provider.