The recent supply chain cyber attack that targeted everyone from the Washington State Auditor to Microsoft to Boston law firm Goodwin Proctor through their vendor, Accellion, was a reality check that there is no such thing as “too cautious.” Every type of organization is susceptible to data breaches. Just in the last year, it was reported that globally these breaches have cost $3.86 million and experts expect that they will become more and more frequent.
The national movement to increase diversity, representation, and opportunity for new voices has touched the legal industry and continues to grow in influence and results. A major contributor to the improvement in law firm recruitment and promotion practices in the US has been what is affectionately referred to as The Mansfield Rule.
A few days ago we covered the Christmas Day Accellion breach that affected the Office of the Washington State Auditor (SAO). Accellion, a Palo Alto-based company, developed the File Transfer Appliance (FTA) for transmitting large files and to overcome limits for substantial email attachments. Hackers have targeted this service and obtained unauthorized access to the firm's data.
The Office of the Washington State Auditor (SAO) confirmed that Accellion, their third-party software vendor, underwent a cyberattack on Christmas Day December 25, 2020.
Every day our personal information is being mined, constantly being collected, sorted, shared, and analyzed. From social media tags to website cookies to facial-recognition cameras, the data that is collected is stored en masse at the enterprise and corporate levels. Companies have more control over their data than an individual does, but for them, the problem surrounds the security systems that can fail when safeguarding their data.
To cap off 2020, in early December FireEye, one of the largest cybersecurity firms in the US, discovered they were victim to cybersecurity attacks from around March – June 2020 via one of their vendors, SolarWinds, Orion software.
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