Cybersecurity threats are growing and frequently changing. Being unprepared is no longer an option. Breaches are occurring in every industry, and law firms are no exception. A survey conducted by the Law Firm Cybersecurity Scorecard states, “40% of surveyed law firms had experienced a data breach in 2016 and did not know about it.” This staggering statistic does not even include known data breaches. Sensitive information is the backbone of a law firm’s practice. Rightfully, clients demand their sensitive information be secure. But, personal information is always a prime target for cyber attacks.
Keeping Private Information Private
Law firms are responsible for storing, organizing, and distributing a substantial amount of private information for clients and their cases. According to John Sweeney, President of LogicForce, this information includes, "Business's IP, medical records, bank information, even government secrets. For hackers looking for information they can monetize, there is no better place to start." Breaches in a law firm's system can have both legal and financial consequences. If the legal ramifications aren't enough of a reason to improve your cybersecurity, then the loss of clients will be.
An integrated approach to developing an effective cybersecurity plan includes people, process, and technology. The American Bar Association has published a comprehensive guide to help law firms prevent and respond to cyber attacks. CISOs and CIOs need to consider doing the following:
- Creating data security plans
- Engaging outside IT security experts
- Communicating and enforcing password policies
- Doing weekly sweeps for patches or updates
Technology—a Blessing and a Curse
Technology can be a law firm’s greatest asset or greatest threat. Cybersecurity management is essential to mitigating potential threats. Deciding where and how to start creating a cybersecurity plan can be a headache for CIOs and CISOs who could be spending their time more productively elsewhere.
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