Attorneys who use the iPhone 5s should refrain from enabling Touch ID. There have already been two patches in response to two security flaws. But tech experts feel that the Touch ID feature is still a risk for phones carrying confidential client information. Michael Pham of Winstead Attorneys has some insights in a post on the WinTech blog. He suggests that employers implement strict written policies and procedures that require employees to keep their mobile devices current with the latest software updates concerning security, and that they notify the company the minute a phone goes missing. Wise advice. I also recommend that remote swipe be enabled before any client information is synched to the phone.
It’s important for firms to take proactive steps to protect confidential client data. Failure to take reasonable precautions could spell malpractice.