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Cyber Security, Ransomware and Digital Ethics

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STARTWed., Jun. 10, 2020
9:00 AM
ENDWed., Jun. 10, 2020
12:15 PM
CLE 0 sub/3 eth PRICE Regular: $249.00
New Attorney: $125.00
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In today's world, lawyers face various ethics issues relating to cyber security and data security. Privacy and data security has evolved from issues that primarily impacted healthcare and financial services to issues that affect all companies. 

This program will cover the ethical issues and best practices for lawyers advising clients with respect to data security issues as well as protecting their own firm. The panel will include representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the private sector who will speak to current threats facing businesses, and how to address those threats.

Cyber Attacks, Data Breaches and Ransomware

You probably have an IT person or service company who takes care of all your computer technical needs, so you don't have to worry about all that. Unfortunately, they cannot protect you from your own bad habits. Your network is only as safe as the least-cautious person on it. Let our faculty help you do better.

  • Virtual “walk through” of an actual cyber attack on a law firm and how it is resolved
  • What might happen when you "click that link" or open that malware email attachment 
  • How to mitigate an attack

Understanding the Evolving Cybersecurity Threats and Liabilities

Cybersecurity, and the corresponding threats and liabilities, continue to evolve, both as the laws themselves change and the threat landscape continues to emerge. Building on the real-life case study explored in the first hour, this discussion will 

  • Provide context on the current threat landscape for law firms and their clients
  • Examine tools and solutions to mitigate cyber and privacy risks

Malware to Malpractice – Cybersecurity and Legal Ethics

The Rules of Professional Conduct require that lawyers be technically competent and take the steps necessary to reasonably protect confidential client information along with client funds.  Cybersecurity incidents can lead to malpractice claims or even sanctions from the disciplinary board.  

  • Review relevant Rules of Professional Conduct 
  • Study lessons learned from recent malpractice cases arising out of law firm data security lapses

All attendees will receive the course materials as a digital book. A printed copy of the course book is available, at a discount to attendees, for $40. Additional copies are available at full price. If you wish to purchase the printed version of the course book, please call PBI Customer Service at 800-932-4637. Printed versions of the course book will not be distributed at the course; please allow up to two weeks after the program for the printed versions of the course book to be shipped.

Practice Areas


Devin J. Chwastyk Esq. McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC (Hbg)
Cerena Coughlin FBI Philadelphia
Jordan L. Fischer Esq. XPAN Law Group, LLC
Marshal S. Granor Esq. Granor & Granor, PC
Sara Beth A. R. Kohut Esq. Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP
Yanai Z. Siegel Esq. Shafer Partners, LLP
Brittni L Svihra FBI Philadelphia
Faculty may vary by location.
PBI reserves the right to substitute speakers at all programs.