A majority of the law firms responding to The American Lawyer's 18th annual survey of law technology said they are more concerned about security threats now than they were two years ago. Several factors are behind such concerns, including tougher regulatory requirements, more security-conscious clients, and the more sophisticated techniques used by cybercriminals increasingly targeting law firms.

Many of those law firms are responding by stepping up their data security and creating new positions focused exclusively on security. Ballard Spahr, for example, now has an IT security expert on staff. "It's not like we weren't concerned about security before, but we see the need for a more targeted focus," said Lisa Mayo, the firm’s Director of Data Management.