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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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    Infrastructure firms face fines over weak cyber defences

    The government is warning firms involved in critical industries and essential services that they could be fined as much as £17m if they don't have adequate cybersecurity safeguards.

    5 February 2018

    Major cyber attack on UK infrastructure - 'when, not if'

    The head of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has warned that a major cyber attack on the UK before the end of the decade is likely.

    30 January 2018

    Nuclear weapons systems vulnerable to cyber attack

    A cyber attack could cause Britain or another nuclear-armed state to launch a strike by mistake, according to an international affairs think tank.

    23 January 2018

    Spy agency is probing bitcoin risks

    GCHQ is investigating the risks associated with digital currency Bitcoin.

    15 January 2018

    Goodbye Data Protection Act, hello GDPR

    How you handle your customers' personal information is changing, as businesses need to be compliant with the new GDPR by 25 May 2018. Hiscox provides a guide to getting your business in shape ahead of the EU's new data rules.

    8 January 2018

    MPs are warned over shared computer logins

    The data protection watchdog has said MPs who share login and password details on government computers could be breaking the law and it is investigating MPs' sharing of computers with interns.

    20 December 2017

    Started your GDPR compliance project yet? Here are 10 things you must consider

    Neil Ford of IT Governance outlines 10 aspects of the GDPR that your review must cover.

    15 December 2017

    Cybersecurity for law firms: end of year review

    Peter Wright discusses the cybersecurity headlines for law firms as we reach the end of 2017, including ransomware attacks, the dangers of unsecure public wifi, and the countdown to D-day for the General Data Protection Regulation.

    13 December 2017

    Uber faces investigations over massive data breach

    The National Cyber Security Centre has launched an investigation after Uber failed to disclose a massive data breach that took place a year ago but which the San Francisco-headquartered car-booking company kept secret.

    6 December 2017

    How fraudsters almost extorted €500,000, using only emails and phone calls

    "Criminals have access to your calendar, to all kinds of different information and you have no clue that this is happening." Carole Gratzmuller, company president, was out of the office on the Friday morning her accountant's phone rang. 

    28 November 2017
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