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Cybersecurity and scam prevention

  • The legal sector is at significant risk of cybercrime, cyber attacks and scams, partly because of the sensitive data and significant monies held by law firms.

    62 per cent of law firms reported a cyber attack in 2015, a 17 per cent increase on the previous year. Four per cent of all data security incidents reported in 2015/16 related to solicitors and barristers.

    We've compiled this information resource to help you:

    • Understand cybersecurity: its threats and risks to the legal sector
    • Educate your staff through cybersecurity training, events and publications
    • Access guidance and advice to take a proactive approach to reduce cyber threats
    • Connect with endorsed suppliers who provide products and services to help mitigate cybersecurity threats.
  • Latest cybersecurity news and features

  • Malicious email targeting CQS member firms

    There is currently an email being sent to a number of Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) member firms.

    18 May 2017

    Fraudulent emails to Law Society members

    We have been made aware of a scam email targeting Law Society members.

    25 January 2017

    Cybercrime and professional indemnity insurer

    Professional indemnity insurers may ask firms what they are doing to prevent criminals from stealing client money or confidential data.

    13 April 2016

    Updated practice note: protecting your firm if you fall victim to a scam

    We have made changes to our practice note, in the light of members' claims experience.

    12 April 2016

    M&A hack attack on 48 elite law firms

    Hackers are understood to have breached the security systems of at least one major international law firm as a long-predicted cyber espionage scenario has become reality.

    4 April 2016

    FT reports £85m stolen from law firms by hackers

    The Financial Times has reported that £85m has been stolen from British law firms by hackers over the past 18 months via so-called 'Friday afternoon fraud'.

    30 March 2016

    City of London Police advice for solicitors on preventing scams

    Katie Balls, detective inspector, City of London Police Economic Crime Prevention Centre, on scams targeted against solicitors' firms.

    3 March 2016

    New Law Society advice on protection against scams

    We have launched a new webpage to help firms protect themselves against being scammed and providing support if they have fallen victim to fraudsters.

    11 February 2016

    Scams against solicitors: Met Police offer advice and support on fraud prevention

    The Metropolitan Police are distributing posters to businesses with information on how to avoid and report fraud attempts.

    3 November 2015
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    • Information on endorsed cybersecurity providers
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