Paradise Papers Data Breach – Continued Repercussions

Bermuda-based law firm Appleby on October 21, 2017, disclosed that it in 2016 it had been the victim of a data security incident last year which involved some of its data having been compromised. Within the last several days, in what has become known as the Paradise Papers data breach (not to be confused with the similarly tropical Panama Papers incident involving a different firm), presumably highly sensitive and confidential client information has been leaked to the press and subsequently been made available for public consumption. Without addressing the substance of any particular disclosures, the fact that this breach took place and the evolving fall-out is yet another reminder that law firms need to make reasonable investments in data security in order to meet their duties to protect client confidences. Elijah Data Security LLC helps law firms and SMBs to identify efficient solutions to reduce the risk of such damaging incidents, including performing information security risk assessments, penetration testing, and cybersecurity consulting.

Andy Reisman