The ABA’s Legal Technology Survey Report interviews private practice attorneys about their use of technology. Cybersecurity is highly important to those in the profession based on lawyers’ duties of competency, communication, and confidentiality. In the 2019 survey, 26% of respondents reported that their firm had suffered a security breach, and another 19% weren’t sure. While the survey shows some improvement in the establishment of incident response plans and the use of email encryption, incidences are still low (well below 50% for both). In summary, law firms need to do more in recognizing the issues, considering the options available, and implementing programs for cybersecurity.
- The Legal Technology Resource Center, under the American Bar Association, puts forth a survey every year.
- The survey, taken among private attorneys, examines the state of technology in the field.
- Survey results are taken from firms of every size, including solo practices, all the way up to firms having 500 attorneys or more.
“Although the change is positive, room exists for much more improvement in the use of basic encryption tools in keeping client confidential information safe.”