Data Security: A Guide For Law Firms

8 data security best practices to keep your firm safe

In 2017, an alarming incident grabbed headlines. More than 1 million email addresses, stolen from employees at UK’s top 500 law firms through third-party websites like Dropbox and LinkedIn, made their way to the Dark Web. Still, it was only one in a line of malicious attacks law firms suffered that year, with as many as 60% having reported cybersecurity breaches in the UK alone. There is quite a lot at stake: think leaked litigation strategies, lost billable hours, as well as irreparable damage in reputation and client relationships. It’s even more astonishing that nearly third of law firms, reports say, haven’t even bothered to carry out a formal assessment of their IT systems – let alone safeguard employees, servers and clients against cybercriminals. But mitigating cyber threats need not be that difficult. Here are eight ways to stay safe in the digital world.

Data security: A Guide For Law Firms

Data security: A Guide For Law Firms

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Essential data security practices for barristers and solicitors

Lock down your networks and databases.

Remember the golden rule: IT systems within a law firm should always operate with minimal access permissions, meaning each employee should only have access to information that is absolutely necessary for their work. Learn why and how minimum access can ensure maximum security across your networks.

Encrypt everything.

More and more data breaches are carried out through email phishing scams, where unsuspecting individuals click on suspicious links and expose their passwords to cybercriminals. Find out how encrypted storage and communication can help you dodge threats at every turn.

Back up your data.

Talk about a bad way of encryption. Ransomware is among the most feared, not to mention fastest growing types of malware, that allows hackers to get their hands on sensitive data and hold it hostage. Discover how backup services are crucial to fend off ransomware attacks.

Keep an eye on employees’ devices.

Data security experts’ worst fear has more to do with inside jobs than with outside threats. That’s right, sometimes law firm employees themselves bring malware to work on devices that have been infected at home. Explore how the right management software can put your security team’s mind at ease.

Get secure VPN access.

Lawyers need to be able to work on their cases from anywhere in the world. Meaning, it’s high time law firm IT leaders invested in remote access technology that will make barristers more flexible and less vulnerable – learn how.

Take passwords seriously.

Law firm IT security boils down to two essential steps: locking down your systems and educating your employees on security practices. Done with the first one? Put an end to poor password practices before a hastily-chosen ‘123456’ causes widespread damage.

Educate your workers.

Training on passwords, however, should not be the only training staff are required to attend. All employees, position, role or seniority aside, need to be neatly prepared to identify security vulnerabilities and know exactly how to react to them.

Test yourself.

Ticked all the above off your list? Well done! Time to ‘war game’ your systems then. Don’t forget that the best way to ensure your IT infrastructure has no security liabilities is actively looking for them. See how it’s done.

The time is now

Cybersecurity and data security, in any industry, mean far more than having the right IT experts on board and the latest cybersecurity software installed on computers. Law firm security experts need to create and nurture a company culture that recognises the importance of digital data security and strives to maintain it at all cost.

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