Law firms are facing an increased risk to cyber-attacks as cybercriminals look to bolster their attacks more than ever.
Cyber-attacks are on the rise, and law firms are seeing an increase in these due to many reasons such as the vast amounts of money they deal with and the information and client data they retain.
How cybercrime impacts law firms
Law firms are inherently built upon trust and strict confidence from clients. Suffering from a successful cyber-attack threatens the relationship with clients, damages the law firm’s reputation and can lead to jeopardising court cases.
In many cases, a law firm doesn’t know or is made aware of an attack often until its too late and the damage has already been done.
Protecting your law firm from cybercrime
There are many steps law firms can take to protect themselves from cybercrime. Here are some top tips you can follow to improve your cybersecurity provisioning.
- Review your cybersecurity strategy and policy. What is your law firms cyber risk management policy today? What is your plan for the future? Sometimes it takes a different perspective to understand where you are and where you need to be. Through our Strategy and Policy service, we will review your existing policies and identify risk areas that need to be addressed. We leverage our extensive industry knowledge to offer you a different perspective.
- Effective firewall and anti-virus services are essential to modern business, maintaining secure IT infrastructures. At MMRIT, we partner with leading vendors to ensure that we deploy secure, easy to manage firewall and anti-virus services for all of our law firm customers.
- Invest in managed phishing. Phishing scams are becoming more sophisticated as technology advances. We receive emails daily, and due to the volume of emails sent and received, we are all guilty of not paying enough attention to what is being asked, and often perform actions in emails without giving it a second thought. But what if it was a phishing email? You could hand your most sensitive information to a hacker without instantly realising. It could be as simple as clicking a link in an email giving the hacker access to your computer or device without you knowing.
- Implement stricter controls over employees setting passwords. MMRIT have teamed up with safepass.me to provide the safest way to blacklist passwords preventing users from selecting weak security controls.
DID YOU KNOW?
- 81% of hacking breaches happen because of stolen or weak passwords.
- 61% of consumers reuse passwords across multiple websites.
- 44% of consumers only change their passwords once a year or less.
- 4 out of 5 hacking breaches are due to compromised passwords.