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Law Firms: Do Your Cyber Security Due Diligence

For legal professionals, day-to-day routines can involve handling a staggering amount of information. Couple this with the fact that the legal field isn’t known for being particularly tech-savvy, and the risk of a data breach is high.

Many law firms operate in small partnerships, so a lack of cyber security isn’t always apparent. But when you consider certain realities about the profession, it isn’t hard to see where the problem lies.

  1. Law firms handle lots of personally identifiable information (PII). This data is kept on hard drives, transferred over networks and possibly even stored in the cloud. And firms that aren’t using technology to store and transfer PII are struggling to stay competitive and obtain the data they need.
  1. PII is extremely valuable to cyber fraudsters. You may think credit and bank card numbers are the prime target for hackers. But in reality, personally identifiable information can fetch up to 10 times the price of these banking details. And as the information is used for identity theft, it is often much more problematic to the victim.
  1. Law firms outsource office operations. Lawyers need to focus on legal practice, not answering phones or dealing with HR issues. Therefore, the most economical option for running the office is often to hire outside vendors. Usually these vendors have remote access in to the networks of a law office, which means any weakness in their security practice can create be an entry point for hackers.

Years ago, small law offices were considered outside of hackers’ interests. However, today, these points illustrate why cyber criminals consider small firms easy targets.

Your firm does not have to be an easy target, though.

These three steps can help you improve your security posture and driving hackers away from valuable data.

  1. Have your vendors assessed. Don’t wonder whether third-party vendors are keeping your firm protected. A professional assessment can draw out any areas of weakness and provide you with the information you need to remedy vulnerabilities.
  1. Get educated. The privacy concerns of legal firms are no secret. A training program in cyber security tailored to your industry can help you get ahead.
  1. Outsource your cyber security. Just as you hire outside firms for business operations, you can hire security experts to mitigate and manage cyber security issues. Hiring outside support can also give you access to cyber security professionals, products and services that are on par with what large corporations utilize.

Lunarline has comprehensive solutions for legal firms looking to tighten their security posture, including customized education programs, third party auditing and managed security services.

For more information on these capabilities, and Lunarline’s holistic approach to cyber security, visit us online at lunarline.com or contact us today.

About Spence Witten

Spence has somehow survived ten years at start-ups and small businesses without suffering a (major) nervous breakdown. As Lunarline's Director of Federal Sales, Spence actually loves working on proposals. If there were any doubt, this is proof that he is in fact certifiably insane. While his title says "Sales" Lunarline doesn't let him off that easy. We make him do real work, too. Luckily he's a recognized subject matter expert in security policy and loves helping clients navigate their way around tricky security compliance standards. He's also been known to lead a software development initiative or two, though that pretty much always ends poorly for everyone involved. He can be reached at spence.witten@lunarline.com.