Why is it important for patent firms to take data security seriously?
It’s important for law firms to have someone that understands data privacy and cybersecurity issues. Law firms have become targets for data breaches. A lot of people out there are realizing now, that law firms house a lot of confidential information and they’re generally easier targets to get at than say corporate networks which might have their own information officer or technical officer who’s in charge of corporate security.
Law firms haven’t traditionally been focused on that but they have quite a bit of confidential information housed on their networks. Patent firms in particular, they really hold on to the crown jewels of a lot of companies, so it’s really important for patent firms to step it up a level higher than a traditional law firm and make sure that they’re really able to protect the information given to them by their clients.