Lawyers and Data Security - Why They Just Don't Get It!

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Executive Summary

One common misconception is that data is protected if it is secured with a password, as was the case for over 90% of the misguided lawyers consulted during this survey. Robert Schifreen ex-hacker, and now an IT security consultant, is of the opinion that "Passwords alone are inadequate if confidential sensitive information is residing on a mobile device. Cracking software can be downloaded from Google that can break the average password in less than 30 minutes. The only answer is, if sensitive data is stored, it must be encrypted." Data security advice from the Information Commissioner's Office in the UK is to encrypt any information held electronically if it will cause damage or distress if it's lost or stolen.

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