Cyber-attacks and scams are a threat to all businesses today and law firms are particularly attractive sources of information. Our guidance can help you understand and mitigate the risks.
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On Saturday 22 May 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida, Laszlo Hanyecz made a revolutionary transaction: he bought two Domino's pizzas for the equivalent of $41. This was the first ever purchase made using the digital currency Bitcoin.
In my last blog, I wrote about a train journey and the complacency shown by two commercial property solicitors chatting about their client in full earshot of everyone who might want to listen. The response was great, but the concerning message was that, as a sector, we are far too complacent about cybercrime. Unless we do something about it, and do it now, we will all continue to fall victim. It's just a matter of time.
Robust information security practices are critical to the legal sector. Neil Ford explains how gaining ISO 27001 certification – the international standard for information security management – can improve business efficiency and support compliance.
New advice developed jointly by HM Land Registry and the Law Society will help conveyancing solicitors avoid potential fraud.
A guide for solicitors on potential fraud in land transactions and registration of title.
Cloud computing is increasingly ubiquitous, even in law firms, despite the view that the legal profession has a reputation for being slow to adapt. It is particularly popular among small firms and sole practitioners.
Under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), aggrieved data subjects can sue firms for failing to secure their personal data properly. New statistics from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) showed that there was a 173% increase in data security incidents in the legal sector in Q4 2017 compared with the previous quarter.
This case study explores the risks of using email and social media to send personal and financial information.
This case study explores the risks of using public Wi-Fi networks to send financial information.
What law firms can do to protect themselves.
Depending on the nature of the scam and what is at risk, there are certain parties you should alert straight away to limit damage caused. These may include the police, your bank and your clients.
For more, see our advice on reporting scams.
Cybersecurity is the protection of networks, services and devices, and the data on them from theft or damage. Technology offers great opportunities for improving efficiency and cost savings, but technologies are vulnerable to attack. Cybersecurity is a critical issue for all businesses.
Phishing is untargeted, mass emails sent to many people to try to obtain financial or other confidential information (including user names and passwords). This is usually done by sending an email that looks as though it has been sent by a legitimate organisation (often a bank). The email usually contains a link to a fake website that looks authentic.
See our glossary of cybersecurity terms.
Get answers to the cybersecurity questions solicitors have asked us.
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