The legal sector is becoming increasingly dependent upon technology to increase efficiency and drive business growth. Law firms today face an unprecedented amount of regulatory scrutiny in assuring client’s data is safe, so it’s essential that law firms have proper cybersecurity protection.
According to the ABA Journal, law firms are appealing to cybercriminals for the following reasons:
- Law firms have large amounts of confidential, valuable information
- Law firms tend to have weaker IT support and cybersecurity protection
What are the Top Cybersecurity Threats to Law Firms?
According to the 2017 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, 59% of all email deliveries to law firms are classified as phishing/SPAM emails. It’s important for law firms to utilize spam filtration software to minimize the risk of malicious emails landing in partners and employees' inboxes. It’s equally, if not more, important to invest in security awareness training for staff members..
Mobile Security Threats
Mobile devices allow lawyers to work from anywhere but they also can cause dangerous problems. According to ABA, today, nearly 100% of lawyers use mobile computing tools for at least some aspects of law practice. Most of the time the public wifi being used from mobile devices is not secured. Therefore, it is essential that law firms put better security measures on remote work.
Lastly, outdated technology can easily lead to security breaches. In order for your technology to maintain protection against cybersecurity threats, it requires regular software updates and technology upgrades.
With the rise in legal firms turning more to technology, it’s imperative to have IT support that they can trust to securely manage the technical side of the legal practice. We would love to help, you can contact us here!