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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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    Entity-based regulation

    This practice note provides an overview of entity-based regulation for solicitors.

    24 April 2018
    Practice note

    Home Office not to be trusted with data protection exemptions

    Exempting the Home Office from new data protection rules could lead to serious miscarriages of justice, the Law Society of England and Wales and the Bar Council warned today.

    23 April 2018
    Press release

    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

    NCSC releases email phishing attacks guidance

    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.

    16 February 2018

    NHS trusts failing to meet cybersecurity standards

    All 200 NHS trusts assessed for cybersecurity vulnerabilities have failed to meet the standard required.

    14 February 2018
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