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Cybersecurity basics

  • If you're new to cybersecurity, the information in this section provides a good starting point to help you gain a general understanding about cybersecurity in the legal sector, including a glossary of terms, FAQs, research and relevant cybersecurity laws.

    Glossary of terms

    Use our cybersecurity glossary of terms to familiarise yourself with key terminology.

    Frequently asked questions

    Our FAQs summarise the most popular questions asked by members about cybersecurity.

  • Latest cybersecurity news

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    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

    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

    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

    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

    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
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