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Client data is sacrosanct- How is your law firm protecting it?

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.

Cyber Security for Law Firms

 

There are different types of controls that you can implement to keep your client’s data safe:

  • updating your anti-virus software, operating systems and browsers
  • adopting a vulnerability assessment programme that monitors and fixes your IT network and data security breaches
  • restricting the use of email communications in favour of online collaboration tools 
  • limiting file access and ensuring that only those members of staff who need to work on a file can view and/or open it. Your case management system should allow you to make this change.

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).

Managed IT for law firms

Our company is Cyber Essentials certified and are the only legal technology provider to be ISO 27001:2013 accredited.

Legal security- Cyber security for law firms

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.


Added By: DPS Software | Date Added: 7th Apr 2016 | Posted In: Cyber security, dpscloud- hosted IT

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