Tom Smedinghoff, an intellectual property partner in Edwards Wildman's
Chicago office, commented on how the biggest law firms are the most vulnerable to hacking and data breaches at a panel on law firm cyber-security at the American Bar Association Expo, reported Law360. In the article, "Big Law Firms Are Most Vulnerable To Hackers: ABA Panel
," Smedinghoff stated that twenty-five years ago, if someone wanted access to a law firm's files, they needed to be inside the building. However, according to Smedinghoff, lawyers today store data on a variety of portable electronic devices because they want instant access to it, whether the files are with them or on a remote device, and that instant access “creates a very significant potential vulnerability,” Smedinghoff added.