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Why is Cyber Security such an issue for the Law sector?

The Law sector grapples with pressing cybersecurity concerns as the digitalisation of legal operations becomes increasingly pervasive. Safeguarding client confidentiality, protecting intricate legal records, and upholding unwavering trust are imperative in this digital landscape. As law firms embrace advanced technologies, the sector must prioritise robust cybersecurity measures to thwart potential threats and ensure the secure handling of sensitive information.

"The cyber threat to the UK legal sector is significant and the number of reported incidents has grown substantially over the last few years. According to the 2017 PricewaterhouseCoopers Law Firm survey, 60% of law firms reported an information security incident in 2015 year, up from 42% in 2014."

National Cyber Security Centre, 2018

Most Common Threats in the Law Sector

While all industries are susceptible to cyber threats, some are more prominent than others. Take a look at the most common ones facing your industry...

Phishing Attacks

What is it?

Phishing attacks involve deceptive messages, typically emails or messages, designed to trick individuals into revealing sensitive information or granting unauthorised access.

What would the impact be?

An effective phishing attack in the law sector could lead to unauthorised access to confidential legal documents and client information, potentially compromising attorney-client privilege.

How would we reduce this risk?

To mitigate this risk, law firms can implement robust email security measures, conduct regular employee training on identifying phishing attempts, and deploy advanced threat detection systems.

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Ransomware Incidents

What is it?

Ransomware is malicious software that encrypts data, demanding a ransom for its release. In the law sector, this can lead to the temporary or permanent loss of access to critical case files.

What would the impact be?

A successful ransomware attack could halt legal operations, disrupt case management, and result in financial losses, potentially jeopardising the confidentiality of sensitive legal information.

How would we reduce this risk?

Law firms can reduce the risk of ransomware incidents by regularly backing up data, implementing strong network security measures, and conducting cybersecurity drills to enhance preparedness.

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Insider Threats

What is it?

An insider threat in the law sector involves employees or trusted individuals intentionally or unintentionally causing harm by exploiting their access privileges.

What would the impact be?

Insider threats can lead to unauthorised access to sensitive legal documents, compromising client confidentiality and potentially damaging the reputation of the law firm.

How would we reduce this risk?

To minimise the risk of insider threats, law firms should enforce strict access controls, conduct thorough background checks on personnel, and foster a culture of cybersecurity awareness among employees.

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How can you protect against cyber attack?

Do the Top 10 basics
  1. Ensure Secure Backups: Protect against ransomware attacks with reliable backup systems; recovery relies on a secure backup strategy.
  2. Strong Password Policies: Prevent unauthorized access through robust password practices; avoid password reuse to deter quick account takeovers.
  3. Implement Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): Boost security with multiple identification methods; MFA is a crucial defense, especially against Dark Web-sold passwords.
  4. Use Virtual Private Networks (VPNs): Safeguard remote and home connections to internal systems; VPNs prevent eavesdropping and fortify against common attacks.
  5. Enforce Encryption: Encrypt critical data on mobile devices and ensure encryption for internal and cloud storage; take a comprehensive approach to data protection.
  6. Anti-Phishing Email Controls: Strengthen defense against human vulnerabilities; shield against phishing attacks and malicious links through email content control.
  7. Prioritize Staff Training: Integrate cybersecurity awareness into onboarding and ongoing education; combat evolving threats with continuous staff training.
  8. Cloud Security Compliance: Verify that cloud services meet industry security standards; regularly review and update security settings for data storage and application services.
  9. Foster Reporting Culture: Establish a reporting culture for addressing issues promptly; create and update response plans to enhance organizational resilience.
  10. Cyber Essentials PLUS Certification: Align with government-backed Cyber Essentials PLUS for fundamental organizational security; includes proactive testing to reinforce cybersecurity measures.
Follow industry-specific advice
Continuous Employee Training

Keep legal staff well-informed with ongoing cybersecurity training for heightened threat awareness.

Implement Robust Access Controls

Strengthen access controls by enforcing strict permissions, limiting privileges, and monitoring user activities.

Regular Security Assessments

Conduct routine cybersecurity assessments to identify vulnerabilities, enabling prompt updates and defences against evolving threats.

And finally - regular penetration testing and vulnerability scanning

In the Law sector, safeguarding client confidentiality is crucial. Precursor Security specialises in penetration testing and vulnerability scanning to fortify cybersecurity. Through simulated cyber attacks and comprehensive assessments, we identify and address potential weaknesses, ensuring the integrity of legal operations. Contact us to explore how we can enhance your cybersecurity measures.

See what we can do to protect your organisation today.

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