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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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.
Tim Hill, technology policy adviser at the Law Society provides practical advice for avoiding IT meltdown and where to look to for help.
One day in February, Graham Murphy found himself on a train next to two solicitors. As they opened their laptops and began to talk about the details of a £100m transaction, he pricked up his ears and began to think about what a fraudster or cybercriminal might make of all this. And then they went to the buffet…
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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The advice and precedents in this practical toolkit help ensure your cyber security policies/procedures are effective.