As an attorney, you’re often dealing with many legal cases at the same time. With so much data being juggled at once, it’s important to keep data security top of mind. Fortunately, PracticePanther’s cloud-based legal practice management software is known for its top-notch security measures in the legal tech industry. With PracticePanther, your data remains secure through advanced 256-military-grade encryption. Additionally, PracticePanther partners with Box.com, ensuring secure storage for law firms and eliminating concerns about data and confidential information being compromised. In this blog, we will explore the various ways PracticePanther’s security measures provide an additional layer of protection for law firms’ valuable data and their client’s sensitive information.
Strengthen Security Measures through IP Address Restrictions in PracticePanther
With the increasing popularity of remote work in the legal industry, legal professionals are not only opting to work from home but also from various locations such as coffee shops or libraries. However, connecting to public Wi-Fi networks can pose security risks due to the unsecured nature of them and can leave you vulnerable to cyberattacks. PracticePanther offers a solution to enhance your firm’s data security by allowing you to limit access based on specific IP addresses.
Every router and device used to access the internet is associated with an IP address. With PracticePanther, users can leverage this information, enabling firms to have control over locations from which their users can access the platform. Administrators of the account can restrict user logins from unauthorized IP addresses, ensuring that your legal teams only access PracticePanther from trusted environments such as their homes, offices, or courthouses.
To learn more about the process of restricting access PracticePanther based on specific IP addresses, refer to this help article.
Reinforce Your Firm’s Data Security with Two-Factor Authentication
To keep up with the latest industry security standards, PracticePanther offers the added protection of two-factor authentication (2FA) for all users. This security measure reinforces user identity verification by combining two distinct factors upon login with their registered email. According to the ABA Rule of 1.6: Confidentiality of Information, “A lawyer shall make reasonable efforts to prevent the inadvertent or unauthorized disclosure of a client.” Implementing 2FA can add an additional layer of security to safeguard your firm and your client’s confidential information.
Two-factor authentication is particularly beneficial for legal professionals who work with shared devices, such as office desktops. It ensures that only individuals with access to both the registered email and the 2FA code can successfully log in, mitigating the risk of unauthorized access.
Learn more about how to set up two-factor authentication in this help article.
Extend Firm-Wide Security Measures Through Role-Based Permissions in PracticePanther
PracticePanther ensures the security of information goes beyond just simple login procedures, like limited access based on IP addresses or two-factor authentication. PracticePanther extends its security measures through the implementation of role-based permissions within the platform itself. Administrators can grant specific access to individual users based on their assigned roles within the law firm.
Role-based permissions provide administrators with control over information accessibility. For example, if the administrator would like to restrict access to reports exclusively to the Office Manager, administrators can easily configure the system accordingly. Alternatively, if the administrator would like to prevent the Office Manager from accessing secured messages shared between attorneys and clients, access to such sensitive information can be promptly restricted. By leveraging role-based permissions, law firms can maintain transparency, while establishing a sense of security and hierarchy across the organization.
If you’d like to learn more about how to create role-based permission access in PracticePanther, read this help article.
Customizable Security Settings to Match Your Firm’s Needs
While prioritizing security is one of the most important factors when utilizing legal practice management software, it’s important to acknowledge that law firms may have different security standards. PracticePanther recognizes these differences and provides customizable security settings, including limiting access based on IP addresses, implementing two-factor authentication, and utilizing role-based permissions. These multiple layers of protection ensure that your law firm’s security remains robust.
To learn more about PracticePanther’s comprehensive security measures and standards, we invite you to visit our security page. Alternatively, if you wish to explore all of the features that PracticePanther offers, book a demo with our team or start a free trial today to experience it firsthand.
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