Cyber security has always been important for law firms, but became even more important when GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) came into force on 25 May 2018, in fact one of the legislation’s key principles is that all personal data held should be ‘kept secure’.
According to the law society 1 in 3 law firms suffer a cyber attack at least once a week, and that’s only the attacks reported.
Law firms are a prime target of cybercrime and the ramifications can be devastating to both large and small firms because of the diverse range of sensitive information they hold about themselves and their clients, e.g. financial and payment details, highly confidential and personal data. Of course the email login details of law firm staff is highly valuable data for fraudsters and they are finding ways of hacking these and posing as trusted colleagues, managing to wreak all kinds of havoc.
Taking care of your own cyber security in house is one thing for a law firm, but often the IT and software partners of law firms are privy to all kinds of privileged information, which means finding a trusted technology partner you know you can rely upon for cyber security is now more important than ever. To gain the Cyber Essentials Certification Select Legal Systems Limited satisfied the security auditors that their cyber security procedures are up to scratch by answering key questions, providing evidence and carrying out penetration testing.
For further good advice on cyber security for law firms it is worth checking out Select Legal Systems’ article “Are You Asking The Right Security Questions?”