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Digital Defense Publishes Legal Industry Information Security Benchmarking Report

Digital Defense, Inc., (DDI), a leading provider of managed information security risk assessments, announced the publication of the 2014 Study of the Legal Industry’s Information Security Assessment Practices. Published for the consecutive second year, the report will also be available at the International Legal Technology Association’s (ILTA) 37th Annual Educational Conference on Aug. 17–21.

The study was developed in collaboration with ILTA’s LegalSEC Steering Committee with the intention of providing legal industry professionals with unbiased, relevant information regarding security assessment practices of legal organizations in North America, and aims to answer persistent and difficult questions many organizations have regarding security programs. Key findings include:

  • Threats ranked most concerning by respondents include phishing/vishing, employee negligence and virus, worm and malware threats.
  • 71 percent of respondents do not have staff dedicated exclusively to information security.
  • Over 62 percent of respondents do not have a vendor management evaluation process in place.

“We believe this report offers a valuable perspective that will assist legal organizations in making positive and informed security decisions in the future that serve to improve their overall corporate security posture,” said Peggy Wechsler, program director for ILTA.

Larry Hurtado, Digital Defense president & CEO, commented, “Recent headlines underscore the importance of identifying the potential risks associated with security breaches. Law firms around the globe are anxious to determine the overall effectiveness of their information security programs and to understand if their practices are aligned with industry peers. We are pleased to contribute our expertise to provide firms with relevant and substantial information that is often expensive and difficult to obtain.”

Download the report, 2014 Study of the Legal Industry’s Information Security Assessment Practices, or for those attending the upcoming ILTA Education Conference, copies will be available at booth #532 and DDI executives will be on-hand to answer questions about the study.

About Digital Defense

Founded in 1999, Digital Defense, Inc. (DDI) is a premier provider of managed security risk assessment solutions protecting billions in assets for small businesses to Fortune companies in over 65 countries. DDI’s dedicated team of experts helps organizations establish a culture of security through regular information security assessments, awareness education and decisive security intelligence. This proven method bolsters the capability of organizations to reduce risk and keep information, intellectual property and reputations secure. The combination of DDI’s certified security analysts, patent-pending scanning technology and proprietary cloud-based vulnerability management system, Frontline™ Solutions Platform, delivers one of the most powerful assessment results and remediation management solutions possible. Contact DDI at 877-273-1412 or ddifrontline.com.

About ILTA

For over three decades, ILTA has led the way in sharing knowledge and experience for those faced with challenges in their firms and legal departments. ILTA’s international membership comprises firms of all sizes and all areas of practice, each sharing a common need to have access to the latest information about products and support services that impact the legal profession worldwide. With more than 1,400 entities and 18,000 individuals in membership, there’s a wealth of knowledge and experience to share. For more information about ILTA, visit www.iltanet.org.

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