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Cyber Security in the Legal sector

The large volume of highly valuable commercial information such as client records, banking details, contracts and legal records held by law firms makes these and other professional services organisations a prime target for cybercriminals.

As attacks become increasingly targeted and well-funded, many firms within the professional services sector can struggle to suitably defend themselves. Law firms, for instance, are often seen as a weak link in the security chain, as adversaries seek to use them as a conduit to gain highly personal, business critical or commercially sensitive information about their clients.

Common cyber security challenges in the professional services industry:

Understanding what data is stored and how vulnerable it is
Protecting highly distributed IT infrastructure
Achieving compliance with the GDPR and other legal standards
Maintaining client confidentiality
Meeting the data security and policy requirements of clients
Overcoming a lack of in-house security skills and resources

Key security questions for law firms

Security questions organisations in professional services should be asking:

  • How often is digital infrastructure tested for vulnerabilities?
  • Are suitable controls in place to defend against targeted attacks?
  • Are systems able to identify threats that bypass the perimeter?
  • Are staff sufficiently trained about information security risks?
  • Is there a plan in place to detect, remediate and report breaches?
  • What systems and controls are in place to mitigate insider threats?
  • How is the personal data of clients processed and protected?

Cyber security compliance in the Legal sector

To achieve compliance with the GDPR and DPA 2018 it is essential that law firms and barristers’ chambers have suitable technical and organisational measures in place to ensure that personal data is protected against unauthorised processing, accidental loss and destruction. Another important requirement is the need to have robust procedures in place to detect and investigate personal data breaches as well as report them within 72 hours to the relevant authority and, in high-risk cases, to affected individuals.

€20 million or 4% of global turnover (whichever is greater)
The maximum GDPR penalty for a cyber security breach.

Organisations in the legal sector that take online card payments need to comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Requirements include maintaining a secure network, implementing robust security policies, regularly testing systems for weaknesses and proactively monitoring network infrastructure.

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