Data Security & Best Practices

Secure Your Computer

  • Set a strong password
  • Keep software updated
  • Run up-to-date Anti-virus software
  • Enable your firewall
  • Lock Screen Automatically
  • Turn off Anonymous Access
  • Use a Less Privileged Account
  • Encrypt your computer and devices that contain confidential data.

Secure Your Confidential Data Now!

Confidential data should be stored on encrypted media. Including confidential data on your desktop, laptop, office file server, USB key, mobile devices or even your home computer or data in the Cloud. It is especially important media that travels with you (USB keys, laptops and mobile devices) be encrypted . There are many free programs that can be used to secure your digital media that contains confidential data. Don’t wait for a data breach or your devices to be lost or stolen to start encrypting your data!

CBA – Electronic Storage, Archiving and Deletion Best Practices

To protect electronic information, measures should be undertaken to store electronic information and to have onsite and offsite backups.

Lawyers should:
-Back up information that is stored electronically, ideally on a daily basis
-Store one copy of removable storage media (such as CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD- RW, magnetic tapes, removable hard drives, and other magnetic or optical media) in a secure, offsite location that provides protection from fire, water damage, heat, and other integrity risks.

Offsite physical storage of computer information protects data from being corrupted or lost, and facilitates data recovery in the event of a disaster such as a flood, earthquake, fire, power failure, power surge, or destruction of the physical site of the law office.