Client Confidentiality in the Digital Age: Cybersecurity Ethics and Risk Management

Legal Area:        Ethics Professional Responsibility Law Office Management Practice Skills
Total Credit Hours:        1.50
Ethics Credit Included:        1.00
Registration Fee:        $30.00
Course Materials:        textaudiovideo
Session END DATE:        06/30/2021
Information:        LAST CHANCE $15

** Available on-demand any time of day and in time increments convenient to you through Session End Date above **

This special online CLE program is designed to educate attorneys about how to best protect their clients, their law firms, and themselves from the very prevalent threat of cybersecurity attacks and data breaches along with the legal and ethical implications. Lawyers have become attractive targets for data breaches by sophisticated hackers because they have access to terabytes of valuable, electronically stored client information. While practicing law in the 21st century requires adaptation to constantly-evolving technology, a lawyer's responsibilities regarding cybersecurity and breach response are often unclear. This presentation covers the cybersecurity-related ethical and legal issues specific to the legal profession, including common cybersecurity threats and risks, how to mitigate these risks, and what to do in the event of a data breach. This course features streaming video and audio (as well as downloadable MP3 audio) presentations from a live CLE seminar by the Houston Bar Association (HBA) on January 12, 2017.

Some of the subjects for this course include:

  • Background and Cybersecurity Ethics

  • Breach Basics

  • Why Lawyers Are Desirable Targets

  • Overview of Threats and Common Methods of Attack

  • Responsibilities and Ethical Duties as a Lawyer

  • Penalties for Breach of Ethical Duties and Legal Implications of Data Breach

  • Prevention & Protection: Risk Mitigation and Safeguards

Speaker: Nicole Perry, an attorney with the firm of Jones Day.Education: University of Houston (J.D. cum laude 2006); The University of Texas at Austin (B.B.A. with honors 2003). Nicole is also Recognized as a "Rising Star" in civil litigation by Texas Super Lawyers (2013-2016). Areas of Focus include: Cybersecurity, Privacy & Data Protection, Technology, Licensing & Technology Transactions, Business & Tort Litigation. Nicole has developed a niche practice in technology matters for clients across all industries and jurisdictions. She has counseled many clients on incident response following a data breach and on a variety of data privacy issues. In addition, she manages e-discovery practices for clients around the world. More information may be found at her firm's website.


This course is approved for CLE credit by the STATE BAR OF TEXAS (MCLE Provider #8238).  Please check with your State Bar regarding specific accreditation requirements.

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