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Updated ABA cybersecurity handbook helps lawyers protect sensitive client information from hackers

Cybersecurity breaches in law firms have made headlines and clients are asking questions about lawyers' and firms' security programs. From the massive Panama Papers breach that led to the dissolution of the Mossack Fonseca Law Firm in April 2016 to the WannaCry and Petya ransomware attacks, which led to a work outage at DLA Piper in June 2017, it is imperative that attorneys understand their obligations and the potential risk of inadequate information security practices to their practices and their clients.

"The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook: A Resource for Attorneys, Law Firms, and Business, Second Edition" is an updated edition of the handbook that expands on many of the issues raised in the 2013 first edition, while highlighting the extensive changes in the current cybersecurity environment. It is co-edited by cybersecurity legal experts Jill D. Rhodes, chief information security officer at Option Care and former senior executive with the intelligence community; and Robert S. Litt, counsel, Morrison & Forester and former general counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence,

This new edition will enable lawyers and law firms to identify potential cybersecurity risks and prepare a response in the event of an attack. It addresses the current overarching threat as well as ethical issues and special considerations for law firms of all sizes. It also includes the most recent ABA Ethics Opinions and illustrates how to approach the subject of cybersecurity threats and issues with clients, as well as when and how to purchase and use cyber insurance.

Rhodes and Litt will deliver a book talk at noon on Dec. 8 at the Army Navy Club click here for information on how to register.

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'The Ultimate Guide to Adobe Acrobat DC'

PDFs have become the standard in the legal and business communities for creating, analyzing, storing and exchanging digital documents, and for filing documents in courts with electronic filing systems.

The American Bar Association's latest book, "The Ultimate Guide to Aobe Acrobat DC", provides step-by-step instructions and screenshots showing how to use Acrobat, from its most common tools to its most advanced features. The book will introduce you to the product's many benefits, including:

- Sharing PDF files

- Sending PDF files electronically

- Redacting and Bates numbering documents

- Allowing users who have only the free Adobe Reader program to add comments and suggest revisions to documents

- Reducing the risk of malpractice claims

- Inserting notes and comments

- Storing e-mail

- Securing documents of all types to prevent the disclosure of confidential information

- Improving workflow

- Increasing productivity

- Reducing the use of paper

- Improving client results

The most comprehensive guide available, "The Ultimate Guide to Adobe® Acrobat® DC" discusses and demonstrates the features that law offices and businesses use, and explains what the features are, why they are important and how to use them.

Published: Mon, Nov 13, 2017

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