Lawyers don’t need to be IT professionals to meet competency and confidentiality standards, but ignoring cybersecurity could risk serious consequences.

That’s just some of the advice experts offered June 9 at the Annual Technology Symposium Powered by LegalFuel: The Practice Resource Center of The Florida Bar. Also sponsored by the Standing Committee on Technology and the Continuing Legal Education Committee, the daylong seminar comprises 7 hours of CLE-eligible programming.

Florida Bar Rules of Professional Conduct 4-1.1 (Competence) and 4-1.6 (Confidentiality of Information), require lawyers to be familiar enough with technology to take reasonable precautions to protect client data, said Halley J. Peters, a lawyer and consultant.