Martin Felsky will participate as a panelist on The Sedona Conference Webinar on The Sedona Canada Commentary on Privacy and Information Security for Legal Service Providers:  Principles and Guidelines.

 

The legal world’s reliance on technology has created incredible efficiencies and as a result, personal and confidential information (“PCI”) is more readily available and at greater risk of being compromised.  Law firms and legal service providers are targets by hackers and data thieves.

 

Law firms and legal service providers have heightened responsibilities to protect the information entrusted to them.  They are subject to the same federal and provincial statutory regulations regarding data privacy and data security as other business entities but are also subject to professional ethics rules regarding technological competence and client confidentiality.

 

The Sedona Conference Working Group 7 (“Sedona Canada”) has drafted a detailed guide to implementing these legal and ethical rules, organized around six principles:

 

  • Know the law
  • Understand the PCI you control
  • Assess risk
  • Develop policies and practices
  • Monitor regularly
  • Reassess

and six practical steps:

 

  • Identify the types and sources of information that must be protected
  • Determine those who need access
  • Develop specifically tailored information security policies and practices
  • Establish processes for timely disposition of records and information
  • Implement training program
  • Prepare for the worst

Martin will sit as part of a panel of experts to understand how The Sedona Canada Commentary on Privacy and Information Security for Legal Service Providers: Principles and Guidelines can help you understand the risks, how to create policies to protect PCI; and how to evaluate and re-assess your best practices.

 

The 90 minute webinar will be held Thursday, December 5th from 1:00 – 2:30.  For more information about the guide, or to register for the webinar, please visit their web site.

 

 

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