How to identify a cyber attack

  • Contents

    Overview

    Malware

    Friday afternoon fraud

    Phishing

    Vishing

    Data breach

    Supply chain attacks

    Overview

    As well as taking steps to protect your systems against a cyber attack, it’s important to understand the different types of attack you might face.

    If your firm is attacked, knowing what’s happened can help limit damage and restore your systems quickly.

    This guide explains how to recognise and prevent the different threats.

    The most common cybercrimes are phishing and vishing scams. They rely on people being tricked into sharing secure information. Law firms are a common target for a type of phishing attack known as “Friday afternoon fraud”.

    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.

    Supply chain attacks target less secure parts of your supply network. You should know how to monitor your suppliers and manage the risk.

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