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  • 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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    Learning from the attack

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

    28 August 2019


    Chapter 1 of our guide to how to identify a cyber attack.

    28 August 2019


    Chapter 3 of our guide on how to identify a cyber attack.

    28 August 2019

    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

    Supply chain attacks

    Chapter 6 of our guide on how to identify a cyber attack.

    28 August 2019


    Chapter 4 of our guide on how to identify a cyber attack.

    28 August 2019

    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

    The three biggest cyber threats facing law firms

    It is now more likely than ever that UK businesses will be attacked by cyber criminals at some point, if not already. Here are the top three most common types of cyber crime law firms face.

    4 June 2019

    Tech Talks - an introduction to lawtech

    Tech Talks is a series of podcasts for lawyers who want to know more about the risks and opportunities associated with new legal sector technology.

    21 May 2019

    Social media, data protection and cybersecurity best practice

    Peter Wright and Kayleigh Leonie discuss best practice on social media and explain the importance of data and connection security.

    2 April 2019
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  • Guidance and advice

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