Whether a law firm is dealing with criminal proceedings or litigation, clients entrust legal professionals with their sensitive data. Solicitors have a legal obligation to protect this information. Data stored in computer systems face ever-growing security threats as cyber-attacks against law firms are increasing. These threats can appear in multiple forms, such as ransomware and phishing attacks. These are designed to breach data within your IT systems.
Partnering with a Managed IT Service Provider will ensure the latest cyber security protection from external (and internal) threats, keeping your data safe.
If you outsource your law firm’s IT support to an external provider you will have access to 24/7 support and threat monitoring. Your firm will have a comprehensive level of support and security not attainable with a basic in-house IT function. In addition to this, an IT support provider will be able to identify and implement newly developed technologies, allowing your firm to operate more efficiently.
Having an internal IT function is a popular option for many organisations. Unfortunately, this can be an expensive exercise and ultimately cost-prohibitive. Outsourcing can be a more cost-efficient option due to the varying levels of support available, allowing you to pay for your exact requirements. There is also the vast wealth of knowledge that is inherent within experienced IT service providers. Your firm will have access to and rely on a team of professionals who have years of experience dealing with data recovery, cyber security, IT support and digital forensics.
Business continuity is one of the main reasons that more law firms are outsourcing their IT requirements. Unexpected downtime can have a severe financial and reputational impact. In 2017 global law firm DLA Piper was hit with a targeted cyber-attack, which affected the computers of 3,600 lawyers across 40 countries. Two days after the initial attack all telephones and emails were still inoperative, and in 2019 they are still dealing with the aftermath effects.
CYFOR Secure is supported by CYFOR, who support criminal and civil law firms with leading expertise in digital forensics, cyber security and eDiscovery. As such, we understand the importance of the work undertaken by legal practitioners and the critical nature of the sensitive data they manage.
In an industry that deals with highly sensitive matters, unexpected downtime could lead to severe ramifications. Criminal solicitors would struggle to communicate with clients and litigators would be unable to access internal case management systems or review court deadlines.
An example of a worst-case scenario would be a data breach of confidential legal data falling into the possession of cyber-criminals. These individuals would then be able to distribute and sell on this data across entities such as the Dark Web. The repercussions would lead to financial and reputational damage as well as the exploitation and loss of data.
With an experienced IT support provider at the helm, your legal team will be able to focus on servicing their clients with peace of mind that all IT elements are secure and supported.