Cybersecurity for solicitors

  • Contents

    Overview

    Best practice for law firms

    Cybersecurity and GDPR

    Cloud computing

    Cyber insurance

    Overview

    Cybersecurity is a critical issue facing all businesses. Cybercrime is getting more sophisticated so it’s important to protect your firm’s information and systems.

    This guide looks at the security you should have in place to protect your critical assets from cybercrime. These assets will include:

    • data
    • networks
    • computers
    • mobiles and smart devices

    Data must be processed securely to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Data breaches must be reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office within 72 hours of being discovered. Everyone in your firm should know how to do this.

    You may want to consider cloud computing. This is where your data is stored on remote servers and accessed through the internet instead of your computer’s hard drive. These servers are managed by a third-party supplier, who’s also responsible for the security of the data it holds.

    Find out what cover your professional indemnity insurance provides. It’s unlikely it will be enough cover for cybercrime attacks, so you should understand the different types of cyber insurance and how to work out the right level of cover for your firm.

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