Recent hacks on US law firms reinforces the need for increased Cyber Security

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In the wake of a yet another cyber attack on a number of US law firms, the legal industry must
respond to protect their practices & their clients confidential information. In 2016, there were a number of major law firm hacks - including the leak of top-secret documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca and the M&A hack attack by a Russian cyber criminal who targeted 48 elite law firms including Hogan Lovells, Allen & Overy, Cravath Swaine & Moore and Freshfields.

December 2016 saw Chinese Hackers target New York law firms in an attempt to gather
confidential information on recent mergers and acquisitions in order to penetrate the stock
market. Targeting the confidential communications of the law firms, the hackers netted around
$4 million in profit from the information they were able to gather. The ease with which this
appeared to have been carried out will only encourage more of the same attacks. Preet
Bharara , US attorney for the southern district of New York, said that the Chinese hackers
successfully breached “at least” two law firms, which he did not name, and targeted at least
another five.

"This case of cyber-meets-securities fraud should serve as a wake-up call for law firms around
the world,” he said. “You (law firms) are, and will be, targets of cyber hacking, because you
have information valuable to would-be criminals.”

These cyber attacks have highlighted how the interception of client-confidential information canhave meaningful consequences, and this applies to virtually every area of law. Traditional
methods of communications in law firms are no longer sufficient due to the higher levels of
sophistication in hacking, and the increasing availability of equipment and software which
facilitates interception and eavesdropping on communications. The need for a CyberSecurity
focussed solution is now a necessity within firms, and will affect individuals/enterprises decision on what law firm they wish to work with in the future.

With client information the target of recent cyber attack, legal firms must adopt new, robust
methods of communications to protect their clients, as well as their own reputation. In order to
do this, the ability to control who speaks to whom within their firm is essential, alongside the
mandate that all conversations are encrypted and private.

SaltDNA was created to specifically solve this problem for enterprises and works with all sizes of law firms to protect their practices and their clients. In the words of one of our customers, a large International law firm based in London:

"SaltDNA is part of every new case set up. We explain the reasons for using SaltDNA to our clients and they're thankful that we have this in place. It removes the need for cryptic phone conversations and is driving better communication with our clients."

SaltDNA provides a full managed software solution, on an enterprise scale, that enables
absolute privacy in mobile communications. Secure one-to-one messaging and calls,
conference calling and group chat, secure transfer and storage of files/images, better call quality and LDAP integration enable secure communication and collaboration across the enterprise. The SaltDNA solution is easy to deploy (SaaS & On-Premise) and uses multi-layered encryption techniques to meet the highest security standards. The SaltDNA Desktop and Mobile apps are intuitive and easy to install and use. The SaltDNA Communication Manager provides a console for tight management of users and can be configured for the management of regulatory compliance.

About SaltDNA

SaltDNA is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Belfast, UK, and is funded by
Accomplice (formerly Atlas Venture) and Stonehammer Capital. www.saltdna.com .