Cyberattacks have been on the rise across all industries in recent years. Because law is not thought of as a technology-driven industry, security is often overlooked. In fact, a 2017 study revealed that two-thirds of law firms surveyed had some sort of security breach. On top of that, 77% didn’t have cyber insurance and 53% didn’t have a security breach response plan. Law firms are tempting targets for cyber criminals due to the wealth of confidential client information they house. Security breaches permanently damage overall credibility and jeopardize casework. That’s why IT security should be a priority for law firms. Are your digital defenses against cyberattacks in place?
Steps to Improve Digital Defenses in the Legal Industry
- Secure all devices. Make sure your staff only uses company-issued computers and phones. This allows security staff to keep all software up to date and watch for suspicious activities.
- Tighten remote file access. Insist that your staff only uses approved modes of remote file access. There are numerous options for sharing files and interacting with collaborators, but each additional route offers cyber criminals another way in. Select a limited number of access methods and programs and block all others.
- Keep client data separate. Don’t house confidential client information with any other information or programs related to your law firm’s vendors or operations. Keeping things separate offers another layer of security for sensitive information.
- Train your staff. As we’re fond of saying in the security industry, your staff is your first and best line of defense against cyberattacks. Make sure they understand best practices in file sharing. They should also know how to identify suspicious e-mails and links. Cyber criminals sometimes target law firms with messages about bar complaints, for example.
Innovative Security Solutions through CRA
How does your security measure up? Whether you need a tune-up or a new security framework, our consultants are ready to help. From remote file access solutions to staff training plans, we’ll make sure your data is safe and accessible. Contact CRA for a security audit today.
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