When it comes to law firm cyber security, one of the most important parts of our job as a software provider, who shares responsibility for keeping law firms’ data secure, is to explain what we do, what threats are, how attacks work (or have worked), why our recommendations are important, etc.
Since most lawyers don’t know a whole lot about cyber security for their legal practice tech companies spend a fair amount of time trying to work out the best way to describe this world using relatable, personal examples and stories. Unfortunately, in many cases law firms are neglecting this very real threat and choose convenience over security and compliance. That’s because using analogies and stories simply doesn’t work. Law firms simply need to know about real consequences and solutions that help mitigate the threats of cyber attacks on their legal practices.
Let’s face it, there are many lawyers out there for whom a deep, well-crafted explanation of what we’re doing to help is unnecessary and a waste of time. For them, us saying “because we said so” is enough.
For others, they have a very specific need which will require a very specific answer (Why do I need Multi-factor Authentication? Why do I have to change my password all the time?). These folk don’t need stories either — just an explanation of the consequences to their business if they ignore advice. Last month, they got a real life example…
of Law Firms experienced a form of a data breach in 2021
You had one job!
The ICO handed down a fine of almost £100K to a criminal law firm whose IT compliance was found wanting and it suffered a ransomware attack. Law firms have both a moral and legal obligation to protect clients’ personal and sensitive information. At this moment it’s more important than ever for law firms in Scotland, no matter their size, to be vigilant and remain compliant with their obligations. You have one main job – protect your client’s data. This is the one job that must not and cannot be ignored.
Is it a pain in the backside to keep inputting your password? Yes. Will it take time out your week to remind co-workers to remain vigilant with IT security processes? Yes. Will ignoring this result in receiving a fine and potentially derail all the hard work you’ve put into your business and put your client’s data at risk. More than likely, yes. Is it worthwhile putting the right technology in place, which if used to its best advantage, will put your firm in the strongest position to manage risk of cyber attacks and ensure compliance? A resounding YES!
Let’s get your law firm cyber secure
Law firm Cyber Security is about protecting systems, and more importantly data, which are wherever you allow the data to be used for the organisational mission — so you need multiple types of security strategies to protect that data, just as you have different lines of business/work types to deliver your goals.
Here’s few ways Denovo can help with law firm cyber security :
Cloud Server Security
Two-factor authentication adds a second layer of security to your server login. Verifying your identity using a second factor (like your phone or other mobile device) prevents anyone but you from logging in, even if they find out your password.
Whether you lose your device or you’re the target of a ransomware attack, it’s smart to regularly back up your firm data to a secure, encrypted location so you’ll still be able to access most of your data. Our Amazon S3 backups ensure we always have an isolated backup of your data.
Stay protected with Eset Anti-Virus, scanning mailboxes and server applications reduces the chance of downloading malware or trojans.
Multifactor authentication (MFA) adds a layer of protection to the sign-in process. When accessing your mailbox, users provide additional identity verification, such as scanning a fingerprint or entering a code received on your smart phone.
Law firm cyber security – Let the experts help
Most lawyers are not data experts, tech experts, or security experts. You practice law. With that in mind, one of the easiest things law firms can do is to put data in the hands of experts. Offsite cloud servers are encrypted, protected, and have teams of people (including experts at Denovo) ensuring their security. In our opinion, they are underutilised in the legal industry.
Most importantly, educate yourself and your team, and start to expect everyone to have sufficient understanding data/cyber security matters for your legal practice. Security in the digital world, is a conscious effort for every employee, not just IT, and not just your software provider. Law firm leaders need to hold everyone on their team accountable for cyber security, just as they hold everyone accountable for the bottom line, customer service, legal work, and other mission-impacting activities. And if your team don’t have the experience they need, intentionally give it to them and reach out to experts like Denovo for help.
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