A recent article of the Law Society Gazette has brought cyber security into the limelight again after announcing a hack attack on 48 major law firms. Among the targets were Hogan Lovells, Allen & Overy and Freshfields. The attackers were seeking information about mergers and acquisitions for inside trading.
”Client confidentiality is sacrosanct. We will continue to work to ensure our systems are best in class” stated Cravath Swaine & Moore, a firm that fell victim to a cyber attack last summer.
This statement highlights the need for a solution to the peril of having your client data compromised- implementing the right security systems. According to the Solicitors Regulation Authority, law firms have the responsibility to protect client money and assets. So the question is: how well do you do it and are you pro-actively safeguarding client data? These recent attacks prove that it’s time for your firm to assess its systems.
There are different types of controls that you can implement to keep your client’s data safe:
During a one-day Cyber Security Audit, we assess your firm and its modus operandi as regards cyber security.
Some of the measures that you need to embrace are relatively straightforward. Simply locking the screen when away from the desk or adding a login password on one’s mobile device can significantly decrease the risk of data loss or misuse.
However other measures that your firm needs to implement are very technical. You need a dedicated IT team to put them in place. Through dpscloud, our managed IT solution, we become your external IT department, responsible for updating your software, and protecting your data. We have our own data centre and currently host & protect the information of more than 140 legal businesses across England (that are also using our practice management software).
Our company is Cyber Essentials certified and are the only legal technology provider to be ISO 27001:2013 accredited.
”Firms aggregate sensitive information… and so are very high on the target list of both organised criminals and nation states.” said Peter Armstrong, cyber director at insurance firm Willis Finex Global.
Your practice must ensure that the right staff policies and IT systems are in place to protect its clients’ data. Requesting a cyber security health check is a good place to start. Please fill in the form below and we will contact you shortly.