Cybersecurity needs to be a top priority for legal firms today. You aren’t just a target – you’re a primary target. The fact is that legal firms were cybercriminals’ top choice for ransomware targets in the first quarter of 2019.
Are you prepared to defend your law firm from cybercriminal attacks?
1. Understand The Danger
The legal industry is facing its most challenging obstacle to date and it’s not from their opposition – these attacks against law firms are coming from hackers.
“Law firms are the subject of targeted attacks for one simple reason,” says John Sweeney, LogicForce President. “Their servers hold incredibly valuable information. That includes businesses’ IP, medical records, bank information, even government secrets. For hackers looking for information they can monetize, there is no better place to start.”
As of a few years ago, a third of in-house counsel respondents in “The State of Cybersecurity Report: an in-house perspective” reported that they had experienced a data breach – and cybercrime is only expected to grow, with the occurrence rate of data breaches estimated to increase by 22.5% each year up to 2023.
This is why cybersecurity can’t be ignored – none of this is meant to scare you into buying overpriced firewalls or paying huge consultation fees with cybersecurity firms. It’s simply about making sure you know the reality of cybercrime in the legal industry.
2. Enlist Expert Support
Security is one of the most important aspects of technology. While technology evolves and data expands, the number of ways your IT network can be compromised increases. Your IT company can provide security services, advise you on the credentials of vendors, and conduct ongoing risk assessments to identify network vulnerabilities.
Working with a managed IT services company like BIOS Technologies, you gain access to cybersecurity technologies and best practices that are often limited to enterprise organizations. Whereas affording enterprise anti-virus solutions, advanced email security software, and end-user awareness training would be cost-prohibitive on an independent basis, doing so with a managed IT services company is much more cost-effective.
It’s essential that you determine exactly what data or security breach regulations could affect you. You need to know how to respond to data loss. All employees should be educated on how to report any loss or theft of data, and who to report to.
Data loss can expose you to costly state and federal regulations and litigation. You must be able to launch a rapid and coordinated response to a data breach to protect your reputation.
Determine how your data is handled and protected. Also, define who has access to your data and under what circumstances. Create a list of the employees, volunteers, donors or contractors who have access to specific data, under what circumstances, and how those access privileges will be managed and tracked. You must know precisely what data you have, where it’s kept, and who has the rights to access it.
Every firm should set a security policy, review it regularly for gaps, publish it, and make sure employees follow it. It should include such things as:
Can handle all this in addition to your caseload? You likely don’t have the time to see to all this, and it’s not necessarily something you should trust to a paralegal that doesn’t have any experience with IT or cybersecurity.
That’s where a knowledgeable IT services company can be invaluable, like BIOS Technologies. We are more than just computer technicians, were a team of IT professionals who know and understand the unique security concerns of law firms. We will help you develop a cybersecurity package that is virtually impenetrable to hackers.
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