There are several rules that should be implemented when going mobile in the law firm, no matter if the law firm only has a few lawyers or hundreds. This requires thorough communication between the firm's IT department, lawyers and employees.
All mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, etc.) that will be accessing confidential data should be checked to ensure that the devices can meet the security standards such as automatic encryption, virus scanning and secure authentication.
The IT department should have the permission and ability to monitor the mobile devices to determine if there are security vulnerabilities that could lead to breaches, to determine if malware is downloaded onto the device and to determine the user is connecting to unsecured Wi-Fi connections.
All users should be properly trained on the correct use of mobile devices. This should include the process for securely accessing confidential data and what steps should be taken to protect the data, methods for creating strong passwords that cannot be easily guessed or hacked, and the steps to take if a mobile device is lost or stolen.
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