If you're new to cybersecurity, the information in this section provides a good starting point to help you gain a general understanding about cybersecurity in the legal sector, including a glossary of terms, FAQs, research and relevant cybersecurity laws.
Use our cybersecurity glossary of terms to familiarise yourself with key terminology.
Our FAQs summarise the most popular questions asked by members about cybersecurity.
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Our horizon-scanning research help you to understand how technological changes are impacting the legal sector:
Cybersecurity research produced by the UK government's National Cyber Security Centre and National Crime Agency provide in-depth analysis of evolving threats from a national perspective.
Whilst there is an increasing need to protect the interests of all businesses in cyber space, there are currently no regulations or laws that have been enacted specifically for cybersecurity.
Following its cyber security regulation and incentives review in 2016, the Government is seeking to improve cyber risk management in the wider UK economy via:
Currently, the main piece of legislation that you need to comply with is the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998. The seventh data protection principle on security is the most relevant to cybersecurity:
"Appropriate technical and organisational measures shall be taken against unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data."
The Information Commissioner’s Office, the supervisory authority for the DPA, has published guidance on the seventh data protection principle.
The Data Protection Act will be replaced by the EU General Data Protection Regulations from 25 May 2018.
A former US National Security Agency officer claims that North Korea may have made over $200m in cryptocurrency trading last year.
Research into the future of artificial intelligence undertaken by a host of academic and industry experts has warned of a ‘clear and present danger’ that terrorists could harness the technology to carry out driverless car crashes and cyber attacks.
Law Society accredited partner Hiscox provide a beginner’s guide to choosing a cyber insurance policy for your firm.
A new study reveals that local authorities in the UK have been the target of an estimated 98m cyber attacks in the last five years, constituting an average of 37 attacks every minute.
Britain has publicly blamed the Russian military for a global cyber attack that cost international businesses an estimated $1.2bn last June.
More than 4,000 websites, including many government ones, were hit by a ‘cryptomining’ attack at the weekend. Malware was inserted into website codes through Browsealoud - a popular plug-in that helps blind and partially-sighted people access the web.
To help organisations in all sectors defend themselves against email phishing attacks, the National Cyber Security Centre has published guidance that draws on knowledge and research across real-working environments.
All 200 NHS trusts assessed for cybersecurity vulnerabilities have failed to meet the standard required.
The government is warning firms involved in critical industries and essential services that they could be fined as much as £17m if they don’t have adequate cybersecurity safeguards.
The head of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has warned that a major cyber attack on the UK before the end of the decade is likely.
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