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Lawyers, Law Firms Warned On Cyber Threat

Lawyers, Law Firms Warned On Cyber Threat
From left: Fiji Law Society President Laurel Vaurasi with University of the South Pacific Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education Akanisi Kedrayate. Photo: Fonua Talei
September 08
11:00 2018

Lawyers and law firms have been warned about the dangers posed by hackers.

The warning came from University of the South Pacific Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education Akanisi Ke­drayate at Fiji Law Society annual con­vention at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa at Natadola, 33km from Sigatoka.

Ms Kedrayate said the theme, “Reboot­ing the Legal Profession: embracing in­novation” was a reminder to the legal fraternity that there were new challeng­es facing the profession.

“Cyber hacks are increasingly threat­ening a cast number of institutions,” she said.

“Law firms are prime targets for hack­ers because they hold valuable and confidential information such as trade secrets, bank information, patents and even government secrets that be easily monetised.”

Ms Kedrayate said despite what lawyers learned in the past there was a need to move forward, adding that the law cur­riculum, court processes and legal prac­tice needed to be revisited and renewed.

“We cannot continue to be complacent and continue to use the same way and the same thinking,” she said.

“Time has changed. Are we adapting to change, are we embracing new ways, in­novations and finding alternative ways or solutions to complex and difficult cases?

“Our clients are getting smarter and more informed. Many are technology savvy. Are we meeting the needs of our clients?”

She hopes law schools will include one or two units in technology-related cours­es for lawyers.

“I would like to see USP Law of School add legal IT to its curriculum options in 2019.”

Meanwhile, she said the number of Fi­jians completing the Professional Diplo­ma in Legal Practice (PDLP) programme by the end of 2018 would total 799.

This is quite high considering that there are two other national universities also producing lawyers in the country.

She said USP had produced a total of 757 lawyers from Fiji.

“The challenge now would be finding employment for new lawyers,” she said.

Edited by Epineri Vula


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