Changes in the legal field are requiring firms to tighten their security practices while maintaining continuity across the board. The looming threat of data breaches in the legal industry remains a central concern for firms because the integrity and security of client information is paramount to the success of a trial, and thus the firm.
Resource 1 works with many legal firms across the Southeast to ensure their client's as well as their own firm's information stays safe and secure so the firm and its clients can thrive. From our initial risk assessment to gain a deeper understanding of the firm's current security practices, to our on-site processing and destruction capabilities that ensure no device will ever be transported from site to site containing sensitive information, we have developed processes and guidelines trusted by some of the largest law firms in the United States.
Due to the recent increases in Federal legislation, which tighten down laws and regulations that must be adhered to by law firms, and in the midst of massive legal data leaks like the Panama Papers, firms are becoming more serious than ever before in protecting their information. Much like any other industry, legal data security begins with a rigorous assessment of the IT environment. This encompasses everything from Tier 1 and 2 elements like network security and encryption to employee training on phishing and other malicious methods to gain entry into otherwise secure frameworks.
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Only relatively recently have firms become cognizant of Tier 3 elements of information security like the proper and detailed processing and destruction/disposal of devices containing sensitive information. Perhaps through a lack of available destruction partners, a Federal push for stricter regulation and adherence to security protocol, or both, firms are making IT security a central concern.
Hackers and other malicious actors thrive in porous security environments, which is why Resource 1 constantly updates and innovates our security practices to ensure all of our clients across industries the highest level of data protection and peace of mind.
Government security of sensitive information is key to the functional operations of any government, from the local to the Federal level. Resource 1 works with many government agencies to protect their information from being accessed by bad actors, and we believe the more secure a government's IT infrastructure the more a government can thrive.
In 2013, President Obama issued an executive order on cybersecurity to help improve the security of critical infrastructure from outside threats, whether they be hackers, hacktivists, cybercriminals, or unfriendly nations that may benefit from access to the US critical grid. However, promises such as this address critical components of IT security, but often miss the mark by focusing too much of the IT security budget on the front-end to the neglect of the end-of-life component. We know that almost 20% of all government IT security incidents (reported) come from unauthorized access to information or devices containing information. This means that protecting not just data but devices containing data needs to be moved more to the forefront of budgetary concerns for IT professionals in the government sector.
However, deliberate attacks are only a part of the problem. Inadvertent breaches of information happen frequently as a result of poor policies, negligent employees, or a host of other preventable circumstances.
As regulations and compliance continue to transform the legal field and the way firms operate, Resource 1 will be there to help protect what matters most.
For more information about any of the resources provided, contact one of our representatives today. We know that an informed populous is a safe populous, and will continue to offer information and tips to staying safe and secure in our technological age.
About Resource 1
Resource 1 is a regional leader in the on-site destruction of data bearing hard drives and backup tape media. Our highly secure NAID AAA Certified destruction processes, coupled with our state-of-the-art machinery and environmentally conscious practices, make securing your organization's most important information easier than ever. We have met or exceeded all government and legislative regulations and mandates overseeing the proper destruction and disposal of data bearing devices and decommissioned IT equipment, and ensure that everything we handle will be thoroughly and securely destroyed and never recovered.