Patrick is the Vice President of Enterprise and Operational Risk Management at Lawyers Mutual as well as filling the roles of Corporate Secretary and Director of Information Security. He is an NCSB board certified specialist in Privacy & Information Security Law and has been designated a Fellow of Information Privacy and a Privacy Law Specialist by the IAPP.  He is always happy to talk about his collection of tinfoil hats or to discuss risk management advice and resources that you may find helpful - you may reach him at 800.662.8843 or patrick@lawyersmutualnc.com.

10 Tips for Cybersecurity Month

October is a time of changing leaves, fresh apples, and children on a sugar-rush begging for candy door-to-door.  It is also a great time to do a quick check-up of your cybersecurity posture. Ditch Windows 7 and check all other operating systems to ensure they are still supported. And running Windows… Read More

PC Users: A Reminder to Upgrade Windows

If you are a PC user running Windows, you are hopefully using Windows 10. If you are not, now is a great time to consider upgrading to keep your systems up to date and secure! Microsoft has two types of support during a product’s lifecycle: Mainstream Support: the product is in warranty, there are upda… Read More

There’s a razor blade in my candy bar!

This is not a post about Halloween or urban legends, but something that can be just as scary.  We are talking about those hidden threats – places you would not always think of when considering the security of your network. The scariest of all is the one you don’t think of much, but it knows yo… Read More

Wait, I hired a hacker?!

The good news is, not likely. Why do we talk about internal threats when dealing with cyber security?  Research shows that about 28% of all data breaches are the result of internal actors.  (Verizon 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report) Most of the internal risks can be placed into three categorie… Read More

The Myth of Security by Anonymity

It is comforting to think of cyber threats as always targeting specific people or companies.  That allows us to believe that if we are small enough, are not involved in high-profile matters, or are outside of a big city that we are at a reduced risk for cyber attacks.  Unfortunately, this is a false s… Read More

New Year, New Rules

The new year dawned with the hope and promise of a new beginning, along with a resolution to exercise more.  If you are anything like me, your new year’s resolutions are already in danger of fading to a mere historical curiosity. One resolution you can make and check off the list this week is to rev… Read More

Who is My Lawyer?

This topic arises frequently in an office-sharing situation, and the more important question is, do your clients know and understand who their attorneys are – and who they are not?  While it may be tempting to try and “join forces” for advertising purposes, if you are not a law firm, then… Read More