Scott Christie speaks with the New Jersey Law Journal regarding a recent hacking incident at a another New Jersey law firm, which serves as a reminder of the risks that cybercrime poses to the legal profession.
“When the law firm is victimized by this type of conduct, the consequences can be significant, and it’s challenging sometimes, in a vacuum, to convince smaller firm practitioners that the expense is warranted,” Christie said. “But when you get an incident like this, where there’s been a spoofed email account and monies wired inappropriately, there can be significant financial liability. At the end of the day, lawyers are fiduciaries to our clients. As a result of that fiduciary duty, they have to be extra cautious about communicating with clients and safeguarding clients.”