This article is the second of a four-part series. In Part 1, we explored security standards. In the next installment we will look at IT versus legal perspectives.
When it comes to data security, many attorneys focus on malicious hacking. However, there are many other ways that data can be lost, including through human error. In August 2011, the law firm of Baxter, Baker, Sidle, Conn & Jones lost the medical data of 161 patients that the firm was representing in a malpractice suit, according to a Baltimore Sun article. Media reports indicated that one of the employees of the law firm left an unencrypted hard drive containing the information on a commuter train.