Law firms are recognized as one of the largest cybercriminal targets today. The ability to breach computer systems has become easier and helps criminals carry out a myriad of crimes. You may think that the financial industry would be most tempting for criminals because of the direct access to money and financial instruments. However, it is law firms that hold sensitive information such as trade secrets, information about mergers and acquisitions, and other sensitive information that could be used for economic, social or political gain. No matter the motive, the consequences for a law firm being targeted by these criminals can be quite severe. Do you have a cybersecurity plan in place to protect your firm and clients from these criminals and the unforeseen consequences of an attack?
- The reason criminals target small law firms is they know they are unprepared. Of the top 100 law firms, 80% have had their computer system breached.
- As a law firm, your reputation is your greatest asset and a breach of privacy and confidentiality is devastating to your reputation.
- When formulating a cybersecurity plan for your practice think about protecting your firm against malware attacks, know that cheap hosting like GoDaddy and BlueHost are compromised the most, and use tools such as SSL encryption and HTTPS security.
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- One of the main ways criminals gain access to small firm data is through malware. Oftentimes cybersecurity companies are not detecting these breaches for nearly a year. That is why you must make sure the company you choose to monitor your system is able to detect these breaches within a week so you can control any damage done quickly. Likewise, your hosting company is equally important. Cheap hosting such as GoDaddy and BlueHost are compromised the most, while Thomson Reuters provides the safest servers available for websites. SSL and HTTPS provide an encrypted link between a web server and browser so the data remains private as it is passed between the two. All websites should be protected by this technology particularly if highly sensitive information is used routinely which is certainly the case for law firms.
- Here’s Why It Matters To You. As a law firm your clients have entrusted you with their most sensitive problems. To protect your reputation, it is imperative that you protect the information they have entrusted you with from the exploitation of cybercriminals.
- I have successfully helped many small firms in the area choose the most up-to-date, reliable systems available to protect their firm. To find out more, set up a free consultation by clicking below.
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