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2018 Hurricane Season Begins

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Before the 2018 hurricane season could officially begin on June 1, Tropical Storm Alberto made landfall in the Florida Panhandle on May 28 causing Florida, Mississippi and Alabama to declare states of emergency. Resulting heavy rainfall in the western Carolinas has resulted in flash flooding, landslides, power outages and loss of life. This year’s hurricane forecast predicts a 70% likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms, of which 5 to 9 could become hurricanes.

Emergency planning and preparedness are critical to facing and surviving severe weather events safely and with as little disruption as possible. The Bar’s Practice Management Assistance Program shares these tips and checklists to get law firms ready before disaster strikes. Contact pmap@scbar.org with questions or additional information.

The YLD Disaster Relief Committee also trains to prepare disaster legal relief when our state experiences catastrophic disasters, such as the flooding of October 2015 and Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. Relief is provided in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the ABA via a disaster relief website, legal services hotline and provision of not-for-profit legal services by lawyers of all ages and practice areas.

For more information or to volunteer to provide disaster legal services, contact ksnipes@scbar.org.

In addition the SC Emergency Management Division’s 2018 Hurricane Guide is set to be distributed statewide this week in newspapers. You can also download a copy here.

Hurricane season officially begins on June 1 and ends on November 30.

Be prepared!

E-FAIL IN EMAIL

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If you currently use email to communicate with clients via PGP/GPG or S/MIME for encryption, those emails may not be secure.

However, while several critical vulnerabilities were discovered in email, technology experts are saying don’t panic.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) recommends users disable and/or uninstall tools that automatically decrypt PGP-encrypted email and/or use alternative end-to-end secure channels. Experts also recommend including client disclaimers in lawyer emails. EFF reports that this is a temporary stopgap until more information is publicly available and known.

Follow EFF for updates or contact pmap@scbar.org with questions or additional information.

Is that really technical support? Scam Alert!

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In the past, you may have been targeted by scammers claiming to be technical support from Microsoft, Apple, a printer company, or internet service provider due to a recent purchase or technical issue. In many of those instances, the scammer likely called you.

Recently, the FBI reported an increase in technical support bait and hook tactics, including the user being fooled to call the scammer!

Before you dismiss this reoccurring scam, be sure to review with your staff the variations, trends, and tips from the FBI and ZDNet.

Contact pmap@scbar.org if you have any questions.

Understanding Encryption…

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Does your firm require full-disk encryption on every work-purpose mobile device or laptop?

Do you know if your client’s information is safe and confidential?

If your computer or mobile device is password protected but not encrypted, it may not be protected as this article from The New York Times points out. Don’t be intimidated: encryption is not difficult to achieve.

If you do encrypt, it is important to understand which form you have, as encryption comes in many forms (depending on the device). Some examples include full-disk hardware encryption, operating system encryption, third-party software encryption, external drive encryption, email encryption, mobile encryption and cloud-storage encryption.

Evaluate the technology you use and make sure all possible areas are protected as well. Contact pmap@scbar.org for free assistance if you have questions.