Press Release | ILTA and Conversant Group Release First Cybersecurity Benchmarking Survey of the Legal Industry

By ILTA News posted 06-06-2023 13:00


Chicago, IL and Chattanooga, TNJune 6, 2023The International Legal Technology Association (ILTA), announces a new publication highlighting the disconnect between Legal IT and recommended cybersecurity practices.

Today, ILTA and Conversant Group announce the release of a joint cybersecurity research report titled “Security at Issue: State of Cybersecurity in Law Firms.” 

This report presents findings of ILTA’s first industry-wide benchmarking survey on cybersecurity practices in global law firms, conducted in collaboration with Conversant Group, providing a rare glimpse into the vertical sector’s security practices. The survey was targeted specifically at understanding law firms’ cybersecurity controls, tools, practices, and assumptions to determine how their cyber defenses could be improved. 

"Because law firms are a top target of global threat actors and tactics like ransomware, ILTA recognized the need for a more in-depth, focused cybersecurity benchmarking survey beyond the ILTA technology-focused survey already being issued annually,” said Mark Grazman, Conversant president and ILTA Technology Survey volunteer member. “This focused survey goes much deeper into law firms’ security practices and posture, and it will enhance the industry-wide conversation about improving law firm cybersecurity and resilience given their high level of targeting and risk.”

“The data shows that legal IT staff suffer from both a definitional and paradigm problem,” said John A. Smith, CEO of Conversant Group. “IT leaders understand terms, definitions, and concepts differently, and while no survey instrument can fully capture those nuances, the data shows that there are gaps in understanding what it means to be secure.” Examples of this are shown in the survey data below.

“The key results we see from this survey show clearly that, without policy and procedure, firms are making security optional, left in the hands of users that are not technologically competent or trained enough to know how to be safe in a world that is both ever-changing and harder to innovate in without risk,” said Beth Anne Stuebe, Director of Publications and Press, ILTA.

Full information about the report can be found here.

About Conversant Group
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About ILTA

The International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) serves the professional needs of more than 25,000 international legal technology professionals and their organizations. Since its founding in 1980, the association’s focus is to achieve results for our membership and the legal technology profession at large. Much of the value we provide as an association occurs through the coordinated efforts with our global volunteer membership teams.  

Conversant Group Media Contact:

Lindsay Smith, Director of Content Marketing

ILTA Press Contact: 

Beth Anne Stuebe, Director of Publications and Press