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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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    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
    Feature

    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
    Audio

    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
    Audio

    Mortgage fraud

    This practice note highlights the warning signs of mortgage fraud and outlines how you can protect yourself and your firm from being used to commit fraud.

    11 February 2019
    Practice note

    Cybersecurity: What are the biggest threats for the legal sector?

    We look at cybersecurity concerns for law firms and discuss how to stay safe from targeted and random attacks.

    30 January 2019
    Feature

    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
    Practice note

    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
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  • Guidance and advice

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