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Cybersecurity basics

  • 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.

    Glossary of terms

    Use our cybersecurity glossary of terms to familiarise yourself with key terminology.

    Frequently asked questions

    Our FAQs summarise the most popular questions asked by members about cybersecurity.

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    GDPR: 10 things you should already be doing

    Peter Wright explains ten key actions your firm should already be taking to actively demonstrate your compliance.

    17 September 2018

    NCSC report reveals why law firms should worry about cyber threats

    The Law Society has contributed to the National Cyber Security Centre’s first report that examines the cyber threats to the UK legal sector.

    24 July 2018

    Is your cyber door unlocked?

    Most of us wouldn't leave our home unlocked or a window open when we go out. So, the news from the Office for National Statistics that we are 40 per cent more likely to be a victim of cybercrime than burglary is perhaps not surprising.

    19 July 2018

    Cybersecurity: what should your firm be prioritising after GDPR?

    How can you protect your firm from a data breach? We ask Peter Wright, managing director of DigitalLawUK, about the latest trends in cyber and IT security risk in a post-GDPR world.

    13 July 2018

    North Korea made $200m in cryptocurrencies last year

    A former US National Security Agency officer claims that North Korea may have made over $200m in cryptocurrency trading last year.

    15 March 2018

    Experts warn of ‘clear and present danger’ of AI terror attacks

    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.

    8 March 2018

    Take cover: getting started with cyber insurance

    Law Society accredited partner Hiscox provide a beginner’s guide to choosing a cyber insurance policy for your firm.

    8 March 2018

    Local authorities are sitting ducks for cyber attacks

    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.

    7 March 2018

    UK accuses Russia of cyber attack

    Britain has publicly blamed the Russian military for a global cyber attack that cost international businesses an estimated $1.2bn last June.

    26 February 2018

    Hackers hijack UK government websites to mine cryptocash

    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.

    20 February 2018
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