With cyber attacks on law firms on the rise, it’s important, now more than ever, to ensure that your firm’s cyber security resilience and defences are up to date. Preventing cyber security attacks and incidents is not just about having the right technologies and programmes in place, but also choosing behaviours which can limit reduce the depth and impact of a future attack. With cyber security resilience, it’s vital that the steps you have in place allow you to respond quickly and effectively.
It’s believed that cyber crimes are accelerating at a quicker rate than other forms of crime, so the need for protection is crucial to prevent an attack on your firm. Now is as good a time as any to review your cyber security resilience and response plan.
Remember, if a law firm that is holding information for individual or business clients is the victim of a breach or attack, whether this is through malware, phishing scams or other attacks, then this means that the firm is liable. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the ways in which you can improve your law firm’s cyber security resilience.
Improve Hybrid Worker’s Security
We live in a world where work no longer requires the confines of an office. With many people now taking a hybrid approach to their working location, this can disrupt usual cybersecurity protocols. It’s important, if employees in your firm do follow a hybrid working pattern, that the right security measures are taken in order to strengthen your cyber security resilience.
Antivirus software is one way in which you can prevent cyber attacks from happening on devices outside of the office. Ensure that it is centrally controlled and monitored regularly, as well as being kept up to date on each device. You can check to see if the option to add email security filters is available on your email provider.
Many email providers have filters that can be used to check and scan incoming emails for phishing attempts, as well as suspicious links and attachments which contain harmful and malicious software. Cyber attacks occurring via email is one of the most common ways in which law firms can fall victim to cyber crime so this should be one of the first things to review when considering your cyber security resilience.
Offer Employee Training
It’s important that your employees are trained to spot and identify phishing emails, fake requests for credentials and any signs of a potential attack. User error is still one of the leading causes of cyber attacks, so it’s important to hold regular training sessions so that your employees can spot the signs and prevent attacks in the future and help further your law firm’s cyber security resilience.
At CYFOR Secure, we offer phishing simulation training so that you rest assured that, if employees receive a phishing email, they are best trained to take the right actions and reduce the risk of an attack and further adding to your firm’s cyber security resilience.
Get A Cyber Essentials Certification
If your law firm works on commercial and business contracts, then you want to ensure your clients that you are taking all the steps necessary to keep their data secure. By getting a cyber essentials certification, you can demonstrate to your clients that their data and information are protected.
You may find that some clients won’t work with you unless you have this in place and it is renewed annually, but there are many other benefits which come from holding this certification, such as reduce cyber insurance policies and a USP against other firms. We offer Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus certifications at CYFOR Secure and we can work with you to achieve your accreditation.
Cyber attacks are constantly evolving and becoming more complex. With cyber attacks on law firms on the rise, it’s important to regularly review and update your cyber security plan so that you can ensure your cyber security resilience is as good as it can be. Ensuring the correct cyber security for law firms can be a daunting task, so if you’re not sure where to start, contact our team today to find out how we can help.