Security breaches are on the rise in the legal industry. ABA’s 2018 Legal Technology Survey Report found that 23% of respondents reported that their law firms had experienced a security breach—up from 14% In 2016. From bad actors, to lost devices, to information accidentally being leaked—there’s a variety of reasons nearly one in four firms have experienced a security breach.
In February 2018, the United States Department of Energy established the new Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response (CESER), focused on cybersecurity, energy security and emergency response with $96 million in government funding – and not a moment too soon. One month later, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security issued an alert alleging that Russian hackers mounted a methodical, long-term campaign to infiltrate and surveil critical US energy and utility infrastructure.
What started out as a novelty quickly spun into something ominous. In November of 2017, the San Francisco-based start-up fitness app Strava released a heatmap depicting the activities of Strava users across the world. What does the Starva leak mean for privacy and what can end-users do to secure their information?