For legal futures CTS Associate
Today’s threat landscape continues to evolve, and increased geopolitical activity may lead to a further increase in cybersecurity attacks.
Law firms are considered a prime target for attacks, exploitation and ransom, so it is essential that the legal industry take a proactive and structured approach to managing security.
In this blog, we explore some practical steps law firms can take to strengthen their cyber security posture.
- Be proactive in obtaining the proper security clearances
The legal sector has seen an increase in the number of clients performing security audits on them, as the public becomes increasingly concerned about how their personal data is stored, managed and protected. This, combined with the fact that regulators are taking an increasingly tough stance against companies that fail to implement adequate measures to prevent and respond to attacks, means that security clearances are more pertinent than ever.
Earning Cyber Essentials and ISO 27001 certifications can help your business maintain the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of your and your customers’ information, improving your cybersecurity posture and business efficiency, while ensuring that complies with its legal and regulatory data protection obligations.
- Invest in your network security
Cybercriminals are constantly looking for weak spots to exploit, and one of the easiest ways to gain access to sensitive data is through unsecured networks.
Firewalls are one of the most vital parts of your network security, acting as the first line of defense against the myriad threats law firms face. Making sure your firewall has specific access rules, which determine whether to allow incoming or outgoing traffic from your device or the Internet, or block access, is a simple but effective step in protecting your data.
To protect data, users, and your business from security risks like malware, phishing, and denial of service, web security is essential. Web security protects businesses from online threat breaches and attacks by monitoring and filtering Internet traffic and blocking any traffic that is potentially harmful or suspicious.
- Keep your devices and communications secure
With the ever-increasing number of endpoint devices (laptops, tablets, smartphones), traditional antivirus is no longer enough to fight advanced attacks coming through these avenues. The introduction of Endpoint Detection and Response can be a simple but huge advantage for the legal sector and its information security defenses.
Second, whenever possible you should access the Internet through an Ethernet port, or when working remotely, the use of VPN, along with web filtering and MFA is of particular importance.
- Offer regular cybersecurity training to your staff
According to an SRA report, of the senior members surveyed, more than 50% said they understood the terms ‘phishing’, ‘ransomware’ and ‘malware’. However, of the fee collectors, 55% said they not understand the term ransomware or virus.
Cybersecurity is not just the responsibility of your IT department, but everyone With your law firm you should also have a general level of knowledge. There is an undeniable link between basic cybersecurity knowledge and breach mitigation – it is vital that your end users receive ongoing training to stay abreast of the ever-evolving threat landscape.
- Partner with a dedicated Managed Service Provider (MSP)
Working with a legal specialist gives you the assurance that they are experienced in handling the unique audit and compliance requirements of the legal industry, as well as non-industry-specific but just as important regulations such as GDPR.
In addition, they must also cover a range of specialized and accredited services, such as ISO 27001 and Cyber Essentials PLUS, to ensure you reach your goals. Your IT partner must understand and appreciate the myriad of processes law firms work through on a daily basis to provide personalized service to your firm.
Throughout the Russo-Ukrainian conflict, CTS, the legal IT and cloud services provider specifically designed for the law, has continued to work diligently to protect our clients and their data.
Contact us today to find out how our cyber protection solution can help keep your law firm safe.