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Ryan Torino 3L Researches and Drafts Cybersecurity Guidelines for Attorneys as a NYSBA Summer Intern

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This past summer I had the good fortune to work under the chairman of the New York State Bar Association’s Subcommittee on Technology and Cybersecurity, where I researched and drafted guidelines for attorneys to follow in their practice of law. In addition to the opportunity to have my research published, this was a fantastic experience to learn about a dynamic, important new field and its implications for the legal profession.

After completing a legal technology course at Hofstra Law, a guest lecturer that Dean Prudenti arranged to speak with our class contacted me to work on this project. Working on this research project was particularly exciting, as this past year’s news cycle highlighted the necessity for a heightened awareness of how individuals and companies manage their clients’ data.

While law firms increasingly rely on technology, attorneys continue to have strict ethical obligations for maintaining confidential client information; therefore, data breaches can be particularly devastating.

As case law and ethics opinions are not comprehensive on the subject matter, I took this opportunity to network within both the NYSBA and the technology community. I met wonderfully supportive individuals who were able to point me in the direction of appropriate technology controls and standards to research. Through my networking, I was offered a spring internship in the cybersecurity division of a prestigious multinational consulting company as well as new postgraduate employment opportunities. I would like to thank the NYSBA and Hofstra Law for providing this opportunity.

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