As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, numerous attorneys find themselves in uncharted professional territory, with their work lives and daily routines unexpectedly disrupted. Many attorneys who have worked in offices throughout their careers, with the benefit of administrative support, now find themselves forced to work from home, and not as comfortable as they would like to be with the technology they need to use in order to carry on their practices and comply with their ethical obligations remotely. Further complicating matters, in addition to the ever present cybersecurity risks attorneys face daily, we have seen an increase in malware and phishing schemes related to COVID-19.
Given our focus on providing practical, understandable, and timely cybersecurity resources to NYSBA members, the Committee on Technology and the Legal Profession has put together this Alert. It is designed to provide attorneys with a checklist of tips to help them work securely while working remotely. Like the Key Takeaways report we issued in February, the Alert is concise and easy to read. The Committee thanks Patrick J. Burke, Todd D. Daubert, Ronald J. Hedges, Debbie Reynolds, and Aishwarya Minochia, all members of its Cybersecurity Subcommittee, for their help in preparing this Alert.