A Practical Confidential Information Protection Primer

Almost every law firm and lawyer can benefit from paying greater attention to the most basic and practical aspects of protecting information from prying eyes. If you want a good place to start, you simply can’t beat Reg Adkins’ post called “10 Spy Tips” on the Elemental Truths blog.
Reg lists ten top sources of data leakage and makes it clear that we are often “guarding the air conditioner duct instead of the front door.”
The money quote:

If I wanted to know about a corporations business, I go to the snack bar at lunch and read the paper over coffee. You won’t believe the things you hear (if you’re in education, teacher lounges are hair raising!).

I remember once standing in line to order lunch behind a lawyer who was reading a document prominently labeled “CONFIDENTIAL” and oblivious that everyone in the line was reading over his shoulder.
Read the post and think about some of your habits and practices.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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  1. says

    Along the same line (sort of), if you do an internet search on confidentiality litigation you will note at least 2,250,000 entries. Not a small issue.

  2. says

    Bravo! Now I can get down off my soap-box.
    I spent several years in the late 1990′s as a Practice Management Advisor with The Florida Bar’s Law Office Management Assistance Service. In that capacity I helped literally thousands of lawyers with the management & marketing of their (mostly small) law firms. Those were the years when the Internet was really starting to take hold in the legal industry & I cannot tell you how many times I have told lawyers who were reluctant to use the internet for “client security” reasons:
    If anyone wanted to get at (most lawyers’) confidential information, all that person would have to do is pick-up the law firm’s un-shredded trash bags left un-guarded in the dumpster, or for probably around $50 to the cleaning crew, they could have free run of the place…including the unlocked filing cabinets, non-password-protected computers, etc. all night long.
    Thanks for carrying the torch on this one for awhile…my arms were getting tired!