With the spread of Coronavirus, it is important for law firms to quickly address their planning for having attorneys and staff serve their clients’ needs from home.
The NYSBA Committee on Technology and the Legal Profession has compiled a checklist of tips to help attorneys work securely while working remotely.
- If your firm doesn’t already have a remotely-accessed digital workplace, get one. These are sometimes called VPNs, for Virtual Private Networks.
- If you already have a remotely-accessed digital Workspace/VPN, make sure every attorney and staff member knows how to use it to access needed information.
- Consider providing attorneys with the ability to conduct telephone and video conferences.
- Prepare attorneys and staff for work-from-home. Make sure staff know how to access their work voicemail.
- Prepare for the cybersecurity risks of remote working. All of the firm’s efforts to prevent malware from entering the IT system may not have been applied to attorney and staff personal devices.
- IT security should go high alert.
- Review your firm’s Written Business Continuity Plan and ensure you have appropriate cybersecurity insurance.
View the full alert here.