David Manning, vp, Proactive Security Division, Applied Security, Inc.; Keith Riggins, expert on Chinese threat, Pamir Consulting; Allen Vaughn, expert on social engineering tactics, Applied Securities, Inc.; Chandran Iyer, Sughrue Mion, PLLC
Many attorneys who travel and work overseas, away from the relative safety and security of their firm’s enterprise systems, may face the risk of cyber crime. When traveling and working overseas, an attorney still needs a computer, telephone and electronics communications to conduct their client’s business, and by necessity, will use the best means available in the environment to conduct their work. However, the best available means may pose a significant risk to the confidential client information an attorney routinely handles.
Cyber criminals, including nation-states, see the overseas traveling attorney as a ripe target for exploitation. These “bad actors” often have the home-field advantage and use it to exploit services such as a hotel Wi-Fi system or local mobile phone system to gain information to target and exploit the electronic devices of the overseas attorney.
This program will examine how cyber criminals find ways to gain electronic access to an attorney’s computer or phone. Speakers will relate a few of the myriad ways this electronic infiltration occurs and discuss simple steps one can take to protect sensitive business and personal information from prying eyes while also preserving the attorney client privilege.
While no strategy can guarantee complete digital safety during work while traveling, an understanding of real-world threats, including the tactics employed by cyber adversaries, allows private practitioners, in-house counsel, and firm specialists to take steps to minimize the risk of exposure and significantly reduce the likelihood of an unfortunate event.