Law firms are notoriously not the best when it comes to technology, and now they’re struggling as breaches in firms have made headlines and clients are questioning their cybersecurity programs. As a result, firms are asking “What do we do to keep our systems and data safe? How can we keep this from happening to us?” All companies, whether they do expensive research and development, financial processing, electrical work, or are a law firm, must have a cybersecurity program that complies with internationally accepted standards and best practices. This will keep sensitive client information safe, as well as important company documents protected from hackers. Not all cybersecurity programs are going to be 100% invincible, but having one in place is essential as it will protect private information and provide peace of mind to firms and clients.

Client Audits

The number of client audits for business continuity plans (BCP) and cybersecurity is increasing due to more regulatory requirements in financial services and 360 risk management. Clients are eager to make sure that law firms have a program in place, and they won’t hesitate to ask questions about security. That being said, a one page “we’re ready, now go away” summary is no longer enough. They want to see an on-going program – not just a document – with plans, training, testing, and reports.

Cybersecurity Tips

The need to protect your firm from the dangers of cybercrime is at an all-time high with hackers performing sophisticated data breaches on firms of all sizes. And more often than not, these cyberattacks will be successful. To prevent this from happening, hiring someone who has passed the pccsa exam, will know how to prevent cyber attacks from occurring as well as helping to protect all of your business networks and data. There are other things that you can do as well to ensure maximum security.

Here are a few tips that will motivate and help you when writing your program:

  • Don’t be lax! Make cybersecurity a priority.
  • Integrate cybersecurity into BCP, and into your culture. This will ease the burden of keeping the program up to date.
  • Take a program approach. Don’t treat it as a “one-off” project.
  • It’s not just about performing a penetration test.
  • Cybercrime usually starts with a lack of employee training.
  • Most law firms don’t have the internal resources to develop and implement a cybersecurity program themselves.

Cybersecurity Best Practices

Some attorneys will fall into the trap of thinking that the less they know about security threats to their system, the better. But since law firms act as a warehouse of client data, they need to recognize they are not immune to cyber-attacks. The best way for law firms to protect against dangerous hacks and place themselves in a superior position with clients, state bar, and any regulators that may be involved is to show:

  • Security programs are aligned with industry best practices
  • Management is involved in cybersecurity efforts
  • A well-rehearsed incident response plan is in place
  • Compliance with regulatory policies and procedures
  • Tools are used to detect malware and criminal activity

Does your firm have effective and actionable business continuity and cybersecurity plans in place that will keep operations going in the event of a business disruption or cyber breach?

If you would like more information, click here to watch our webinar: Business Continuity & Cybersecurity for Law Firms.