Since 2013, the United States has experienced 6.4 billion data breaches. Most of those attacks could have been avoided if users had ensured that baseline hardware, software, and communication encryption protocols were in place. Here’s what you need to know to protect your law firm and clients from becoming the next victims. Technology: Encrypting Your Law Firm.
“A formula to transform readable data into unreadable data. The formula is an algorithm (called a cipher), the readable data is called plaintext, and the unreadable data is called ciphertext. Decryption is the reverse process, which uses a key to transform the encrypted data back into readable data. As long as the decryption key is protected, the data is unreadable and secure.”
Since that article was published in 2013, the United States has experienced 6.4 billion data breaches. An overwhelming majority of those attacks could have been thwarted if users had in place baseline hardware, software, and communication encryption protocols.
When encrypted data or physical devices are stolen, hackers typically are unable to review the encrypted, redacted, or altered data, rendering the data elements unreadable. Properly encrypting data and devices might obviate the need to report breaches under Wisconsin’s data breach statute and supreme court rules. Lawyers should ensure that their firms’ data and devices are encrypted so as not to become low-hanging fruit for thieves. Here’s what you need to know.
Hardware encryption is the most common and easily implemented encryption layer. Properly encrypted devices ensure that only the people who have credentials can unlock the devices and access the data. For example, an encrypted piece of hardware, such as a USB drive, phone, or computer that is stolen from a law firm, would be unreadable by thieves attempting to hook the stolen hardware up to another machine to read the stolen data. The only way to unlock and read the data would be for the thieves to have the credentials needed to log in or unlock the device.
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