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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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    11 February 2019
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    30 January 2019
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    Professional indemnity insurance

    This practice note has advice on the PII requirements in the current market, how you should apply and how much cover is required.

    2 November 2018
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    Under attack: dealing with a cyber-breach

    Your firm has just been hacked. What do you do in the aftermath of a cyber-attack?

    10 October 2018
    Feature

    Understanding website hacking and how to protect your practice

    The Law Society has produced a report in partnership with website security provider, SharkGate.

    2 October 2018
    Research

    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
    Feature

    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
    News

    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
    Feature

    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
    Feature

    Client care information

    This practice note provides examples of how you can communicate all of the information required to your clients in a clear and effective manner.

    1 June 2018
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  • Guidance and advice

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