Publishes CA MCLE Ethics Course “Cyber Threats and The Duty of Confidentiality”

California Minimum Continuing Legal Education ethics course helps attorneys understand the nature of the confidentiality risks in the digital age and suggests some approaches for risk mitigation., the California Bar-approved provider of Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), announced today that has published a new ethics course for California attorneys on the topic of “Cyber Threats and the Duty of Confidentiality.” The course was created because new types of cyber threats essentially change the terms of the attorney confidentiality discussion. Today, practicing California attorneys face increased exposure to malpractice, ethics complaints and civil litigation due to cybersecurity issues. The course helps attorneys understand the nature of the confidentiality risks in the digital age and suggests some approaches for risk mitigation.

“The ethics rules for confidentiality were devised with postal mail and paper file storage in mind,” said Hugh Taylor, CEO of and the course’s instructor. “We are simply in a different world today, with many new threats that turn the existing confidentiality paradigm on its head.”

California attorneys owe their clients a duty of confidentiality under Rule 3-100. A massive change in the scale and scope of cyber threats, however, have added new challenges to complying with this rule. In addition, Section 952 of the California Evidence Code bans disclosures of client information to third parties – something that is literally impossible on the Internet. This course explores ways that attorneys are newly vulnerable to ethics complaints, malpractice complaints and civil litigation in the new era of cyber security. The course also suggests some approaches to risk mitigation that are practical for large and small law firms.
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About the Instructor

Hugh Taylor, who was a lecturer at Berkeley Law from 2009 to 2011, has spent the last 20 years working in the information technology industry. He writes frequently about cyber security and compliance. Certified in Information Security Management, Taylor has done marketing and product management for security startups and global IT companies involved in cyber security.

Available at, the company’s California Legal Ethics MCLE courses cover these topics and more. They are intended to enable California attorneys to satisfy their continuing legal education requirements. The State Bar of California requires its members to complete 36 hours of CLE every three years, including four hours of ethics and one hour each of Bias and Professional Competency. offers a convenient way to comply. Its popular CA MCLE Power Pack contains these six “hard to find” course hours. The compliance deadline for California attorneys this year is February 1, 2017. This year, “Group 3,” attorneys with last names beginning with letters N-Z, must be in compliance for the period between February 1, 2014 and January 31, 2017. (Some refer to the requirement as “Mandatory Continuing Legal Education.”) is a CA Bar approved multi-course MCLE provider. Provider #15304.

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