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Cybersecurity and scam prevention

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

    The SRA reported that in 2016/17, over £11m of client money was stolen due to cybercrime. In 2017/18, 60% of law firms reported an information security incident - almost a 20% increase from the previous 12 months.

    These pages bring together guidance and support from the Law Society and external organisations to help firms understand and mitigate cybersecurity threats.

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    If your system has been hacked

    If you've been hacked, you should follow your response plan to alert the right members of staff, take actions to stop the attack, and reduce the damage.

    28 August 2019
    Advice

    Informing your insurers

    You should be aware of client confidentiality when talking to your insurers.

    28 August 2019
    Advice

    Learning from the attack

    At an appropriate point, review the attack with your employees.

    28 August 2019
    Advice

    Reporting the attack

    Your reporting duty will depend on the kind of cyber attack you've experienced and what the damage was.

    28 August 2019
    Advice

    What to do after a cyber attack

    This guide explains how to limit damage to systems and data and how to comply with regulations.

    28 August 2019
    Advice

    Best practice for law firms

    There are steps you can take to protect your firm from a cyber attack.

    28 August 2019
    Advice

    Cloud computing

    Cloud computing is the delivery of services, for example storage and computing power, over the internet by a supplier.

    28 August 2019
    Advice

    Cyber insurance

    Cyber insurance covers your costs and losses if you experience a data breach or cyber attack.

    28 August 2019
    Advice

    Cybersecurity and GDPR

    Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) you must process personal data securely.

    28 August 2019
    Advice

    Cybersecurity for solicitors

    This guide looks at the security you should have in place to protect your critical assets from cybercrime.

    28 August 2019
    Advice
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  • Guidance and advice

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