It was once a poorly kept secret that hackers routinely target law firms. This fact is rather difficult to miss nowadays. Moreover, the threats to the confidential data kept and used by attorneys and law firms are always evolving. These include sophisticated – and sometimes not so sophisticated – electronic attacks, lost and stolen devices, an endless variety of tricks and scams, and even simple attorney (and employee) errors. Any of these can lead to serious consequences for attorneys and firms alike.
In 2012 the American Bar Association amended a number of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct to address the increasing use of technology in legal practice and the ongoing need to safeguard client and firm data. Attorney and information security consultant Scott Aurnou discusses the amended Rules, subsequent ABA Formal Opinions clarifying the Rules’ application in practice, as well as the basic steps needed to comply with the Rules. This will include measures to secure the confidential client and firm data on your firm’s computer network, individual computers, and mobile devices.
Scott Aurnou, Esq., CISSP is an attorney and founder of The Security Advocate, which helps organizations with information security and data privacy issues. This includes privacy and security awareness training, security consulting, compliance with cyber security and privacy laws and related legal concerns.
Scott spent over a decade as a litigation attorney in the NYC area, and served as lead counsel for a private client services group at Smith Barney. He uses his legal, security, and business background to make complex information security concepts easy to understand (and even entertaining on occasion) for non-technical audiences. He has published security related articles in national publications ranging from the New York Law Journal to SC Magazine. In addition, he has created and delivered numerous presentations on information security and data privacy issues for executives, managers, and professionals.
Scott is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT), Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and a Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP). He is admitted to practice law in New York, Colorado, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York; as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He is also the author of the Introduction to Information Security LiveLessons video training series for Pearson Publishing.
Faculty was knowledgeable. Good program that should be expanded.
Very knowledgeable speaker. Great content!
very impressive speaker.
This is the second course I’ve taken taught by this instructor. He is amazing at summarizing all of the information in an organized fashion! Very useful!
Maybe too much information for a single CLE but otherwise good.
very authoritative presentation
Very informative. A lot of good information here.
Excellent presentation and presenter. I give talks on cyber security and I found this to be quite comprehensive.
Speaker really applied a lot of information in a short period of time. Did speak really fast though!
This was the single most useful CLE I’ve taken in 13 years of practice .
Really enjoyed this one - lots of great information, even for the tech literate. :)
J learned more about digital media in a couple of hours than I have in the last several years.
Excellent technology discussion with link to legal implications.
Really long, but useful. I work in this field and found it helpful!
Interesting info and good presentation.
Absolutely essential. Should be a multi-part course, 5-6 parts. Excellent presentation.
Extremely effective presenter
Lots of information!
Speaker had a Normas amount of information and delivered it well
This presenter is one of the most well prepared and knowledgible.
This course could have easily been 2 hours - a LOT of great information.
I found the instructor's personality helped me stay engaged and enjoy the content provided. I would love to see additional courses related to cyber security from this instructor. Thank you,
Fast Speaker, Very Knowledgeable
Scott is exceptionally knowledgeable about his subject matter. Very impressive!
Extremely interesting - and so much information!
Very thorough and informative. Thank you.
He was extremely knowledgeable! I wish the course material were more detailed so i could review them later.
Very timely. Gifted and engaging presenter.
Presenter was great!
Good presentation. Very comprehensive.
Very helpful course -thank you!
Rather rushed but covered the material satisfactorily.
He provided good common sense analogies. Spoke clearly, but quickly enough not to become monotonous. Thorough coverage.
Best presentation I have listened to in years
very informative and the presenter was enthusiastic
Reliable security information in the slides.
This was one of the best, most informative CLEs I have attended.
Very well done.
The instructor is upbeat and well spoken. Made the 1.5 hours fly by!
Lots of detail could likely be two parts.
Scott is great. Learned so much.
This guy is the best on these topics. Full of knowledge and great advice.
Lots of great information and very well presented!
Excellent high level overview of the topic.
I envy his ability to speak at that speed for 90 minutes uninterrupted!
The course is very basic
Very well done. Easy to follow, very thorough--excellent course even for the non-IT experts.
Very good class
very useful, great presentation, one of the best at lawline
Really liked the presenter, very knowledgeable.
Too much information. This should have been three videos.
I appreciated the referencing back to the rule sections for each topic as it was discussed.
Thorough! Good job covering the topic!
This is the best CLE I have ever attended!
Informative and helpful
Very informative course. I am giving all 4s may be fore the first time.
Course was fabulous! Give him two hours next time so he can talk a little slower and provide even more content!
A lot of information.
Excellent! Should have given him at least 2 hours.
One of the best CLE's courses I've taken in my 43 years of practicing law.I
Very good presentation
This should be a required course in all jurisdictions. Lawline may want to consider offering updates to this course every year or every other year.
Get content but I will need to download it and review it several times more.
I need more of this type of course.
Excellent program. I learned a lot.
Nice presentation. Really
Consider expanding to two hours. Any presenter who can weave Willy Wonka and War Games in to a CLE is worth the watch!
Comprehensive information packed with lots of useful links and data sources for data protection
One of the best programs, an presenters I have experinced.
superb...loaded with useful information
Very informative class
Very useful information.
I have been practicing in the cyber-security area for about 7 years now. Scott is a great resource. Fun to listen to, clear, and practical. A great teacher.
Great course...answered long standing data questions
Great Presenter! I like the way Scott gives examples and details from real cyber breaches. He is very knowledgeable! Really interesting CLE!
Excellent and professional presentation
he is good
Excellent presentation of data protection, electronic systems security and ethics!
Fantastic course, with great practical advice and a first rate speaker.
Speaker did a great job, keeping subject matter enjoyable and not overly technical. PLUS, very useful information.
Excellent topic, brilliant presentation!
Great presenter. Useful information
Excellent and rapid information delivery. would highly recommend
Very thorough and information CLE. Well worth the time!
probably one of the better courses I have watched on here
Extremely helpful and well-organized. Great slides.
This session was packed with information, including explanation of data security terms and concepts that I have frequently heard bu did not understand
That was without a doubt the best class in years - I am actually listening to the transcript a second time.
Loved this course - Scott was informative and funny
very helpful review of the basics for those of us who are not so technologically savvy!
Really good material
Excellent Cle and very relevant to today’s practice
Terrific, practical course.
I've seen a handful of cybersecurity CLEs, and this was the first where I had any real degree of confidence that the presenter actually knew anything about his topic. Well done.
Best CLE so far
I wondered about relevance at the beginning, but this turned out to be quite helpful.
Best CLE I have ever taken Best CLE I have ever taken
Really useful information
this course had material for two days of lecture!
Great lecture! Just the tip of the iceberg on data protection! Thanks for the insights!
Scott has an engaging style that communicates a very dense and haphazard subject area in an organized way.
Excellent course, excellent presenter
Very engaging topic and speaker!
Great presentation! Wish he had had more time.
Dynamic! Excellent examples to illustrate technical concepts.
Although he speaks a little fast, boy does he know his stuff. WOW. Thanks
Very interesting, well presented, and I learned a lot!!!!! Thank you!
Best presenter on Lawline so far. Effective presentation skills and relevant substantive information.
Wow. This was an excellent overview. Quite scary.
Always good presenter!
Fantastic and essential!
This was an excellent overview and resource
Nice job. Great information. Energetic delivery.
One of the best I've seen. Well done.
Helpful and all encompassing
Best CLE I have watched in a long time. Engaging speaker and great information.
This course is superlative! It is jam-packed with detail yet was presented in a speedy mode that enabled learning the main points while knowing where to get more detailed information on resources, strategy, and vulnerabilities. It would be great to have it updated no less frequently than annually.
One of the best courses I've ever viewed on Lawline! Very informative,and cogent presentation of a lot of material accompanied by excellent slides.
Huge amount of information that was well delivered.
Thought that the Presenter had a good personality.
Excellent presentation. It far exceeded my expectations.
Excellent course with great insight!
Very engaging and knowledgeable instructor. This is a vast subject, and it was masterfully edited and presented.
Taught in very understandable terms. Very informative, thanks!
I think a lot of us lawyers don't know that much about technology and the teacher did a very good job of making everything understandable.
Excellent course. Very informative.
Great overview course!
He is an excellent presenter, knowledge base is so deep and he covers both a vast breadth and depth of subject matter. I wish he would instruct all CLE courses. He's the best on this site.
Good job. Organized and easy to follow.
Really enjoyed the course - very informative!
This is the best CLE program I have ever viewed. The speaker was informative and very familiar with the material. His speaking style and delivery were excellent despite a tight time constaint given the volume and specifics of the course material. Great presentation!
LOVED this course!!
Great explanations and analogies
This was truly a very good course, great overview of the subject matter. Very helpful recommendations.
Fantastic! Great information!
Obviously, an expert!
The course and the presenter were both excellent.
very good speaker
An impressive amount of useful information.