Butzel Long attorney Claudia Rast interviewed by Law360 on vendors as data security soft spots for law firms

Thursday, February 4, 2021

How Vendors Are Data Security Soft Spots For Law Firms


By Steven Lemer | February 4, 2021

A recent data breach at a BigLaw firm underscores the need for legal professionals to consider the potential cybersecurity risks associated with third-party vendors. 

An internal memo obtained by Law360 on Tuesday from Goodwin Procter LLP managing partner Mark Bettencourt revealed that a small percentage of clients had confidential information exposed as part of a security breach with an unspecified file transfer vendor on Jan. 20.

Goodwin has declined two requests to comment this week.

Claudia Rast, Butzel Long PC's cybersecurity group leader and co-chair of the American Bar Association's cybersecurity legal task force, told Law360 Pulse that firms have to rely on their vendors' data security, which is risky.

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