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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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    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

    Two things smaller firms can do right now to improve their cybersecurity

    Neil Ford explains how small firms can make themselves safer without breaking the bank and taking up valuable working hours.

    16 November 2017

    Cybersecurity education and learning

    Cybersecurity training delivered via our online webinars, courses, publications and events

    14 November 2017

    Cybersecurity guidance and advice

    Take a proactive approach to managing cybersecurity threats through Law Society advice and guidance provided via practice notes, policies and toolkits

    14 November 2017

    The biggest cyber-threat of all: Friday afternoon fraud

    Friday afternoon fraud, the practice by which law firms are tricked into giving bank details to fraudsters, usually as conveyancing transactions are being completed, is now the biggest cybercrime afflicting the legal sector.

    8 November 2017

    Blockchain: How pizza can change the world

    On Saturday 22 May 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida, Laszlo Hanyecz made a revolutionary transaction: he bought two Domino's pizzas for the equivalent of $41. This was the first ever purchase made using the digital currency Bitcoin. 

    18 October 2017

    Are you the 65% or the 35%? 65% of law firms have been a victim of a cyber incident

    In my last blog, I wrote about a train journey and the complacency shown by two commercial property solicitors chatting about their client in full earshot of everyone who might want to listen. The response was great, but the concerning message was that, as a sector, we are far too complacent about cybercrime. Unless we do something about it, and do it now, we will all continue to fall victim. It's just a matter of time.

    4 October 2017

    Worried about information security? Five reasons why you should adopt ISO 27001

    Robust information security practices are critical to the legal sector. Neil Ford explains how gaining ISO 27001 certification - the international standard for information security management - can improve business efficiency and support compliance.

    19 September 2017

    Joint property and title fraud advice note

    A guide for solicitors on potential fraud in land transactions and registration of title.

    8 September 2017

    Fine or cloudy weather ahead? Cloud computing for law firms

    Cloud computing is increasingly ubiquitous, even in law firms, despite the view that the legal profession has a reputation for being slow to adapt. It is particularly popular among small firms and sole practitioners.

    30 August 2017
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