As the legal sector becomes ever-more digitised and interconnected, cybersecurity has become a critical issue.
All law firms handle sensitive and confidential information from clients that must be kept secure – and any breach can lead to severe consequences, both legally and reputationally.
GDPR has imposed significant obligations on organisations to safeguard the personal data of clients.
Law firms and solicitors are no exception. In fact, they may be more susceptible to cyberattacks due to the sensitive nature of the data being held.
The legal industry has seen a rise in ransomware attacks, where hackers infiltrate an organisation’s IT system and encrypt data, rendering it unusable until a ransom is paid. Ransomware attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated, with attackers often using social engineering techniques to trick employees into giving them access to the organisation’s network.
Even if a ransom is paid, there’s no guarantee that the hackers will unlock the data or not release it publicly, leading to further reputational damage.
Clients expect their information to be kept confidential, and if that trust is ever breached, it can lead to a loss of business and potential legal action.
Cybersecurity breaches can also impact a firm’s ability to win new business, as potential clients may be hesitant to trust a firm with their sensitive information if they have a history of breaches.
The impact of a cybersecurity breach can be felt for years. That’s why it’s crucial for firms to focus on keeping their IT systems secure from hackers.
But cybersecurity is a problem that will not be solved by technology alone.
Leeds-based digital marketing firm Ascensor recently sat down with FBI veteran Miguel Clarke to discuss his insights from more than two decades of cybersecurity experience, and found out how to apply the principles of a Special Agent’s mindset to the creation of a secure and resilient business environment.
Miguel spent nearly 24 years with the FBI’s cyber crime team and is now the Governance and Risk Compliance and Cyber Security lead for Armor Security.
In a webinar with Ascensor’s Andy Firth he says we need to understand that cybersecurity is not just a technological problem – it needs a holistic approach that also encompasses the human factor.
The fascinating session offers actionable advice and strategies to help give yourself an advantage in the fight against cyber threats.
Find out how to develop resilient environments, manage risk and most importantly develop the mental blueprint for securing yourself and your legal firm against cyber risks.
You can watch the webinar for free here.