How To Protect Your Legal Firm From Cyber Crime
Often, law firms contact Parkway Tech and the first thing they say is, “How are you going to protect our law firm? What tools will you use? How successful is your security solution for law firms in Raleigh and Charlotte?”
The reason so many legal practices are searching for a better level of cyber security is pretty simple. These attorneys have read the news online. They’ve seen the stories emblazoned across the TV screen.
“According to a CNA Professional Counsel bulletin, roughly 80 percent of the largest firms in the United Stateshave experienced a malicious breach. In 2016 alone, the IT consultancy Logicforcefound that over 10,000 network intrusion attempts were detected per day across just 200 law firms. The same study found that 59 percent of all email directed at the firms was classified as phishing or spam messages resulting in credential theft, ransomware, or CEO fraud attempts.” (From the Barkly Blog)
There’s a great article in the National Law Review that talks about how to recover your reputation after a data breach. Even though, businesses all over the world are getting hit with these cyber-attacks, people expect law firms to be better. They expect perfection from the legal world. So it’s hard to tell your clients that one of your employees opened a suspicious email and now your data base has been infected with ransomware.
And yet, many of the nation’s largest firms have been down that road—they’ve experienced a data breach firsthand and they understand what can happen: the stress, loss of revenue, loss of reputation, the embarrassment. It can take two years to fully recover from a data breach.
Why Are Hackers Trying to Breach Law Firms?
In most breaches, hackers are trying to steal money, passwords, or login info. However, some of the newest breaches were pulled off by pros who were trying to steal information to use for insider trading. The world of corporate espionage is alive and well and that puts a huge burden on every law practice to protect their critical information.
The FBI confirms that hackers are targeting large international law firms and that they’d better be ready. You can easily see why law firms are searching for the very best IT security money can buy. They simply can’t afford to deal with a big security breach where they lose private information on multi-million dollar corporations.
With so much at stake, you have to ask yourself: Are you prepared to handle a cyber event?
Parkway Tech Specializes in Legal IT Services
One of the things that sets Parkway Tech apart is that we specialize in IT security solutions for law firms. That gives us the edge over your ordinary run-of-the-mill managed IT services company. We understand the regulations that law firms must live by. And we know how stressful their work is. Often, they deal with someone’s very life and future. That’s a lot of pressure.
When you work with an IT company that specializes in your field, you can expect more thorough solutions, along with services that are personalized.
What We Tell Clients
We try to be up-front about cybersecurity. It’s a multi-layered process, and it isn’t just about your IT company doing everything. Your employees must be well-trained in how to spot phishing and spear-phishing emails. They can be your best asset in the war on cyber-crime if trained correctly.
Our process for securing your data will evolve as the world of cyber-crime evolves. We stay on top of the latest cyber threats and we adapt our security process to reflect these changes. In addition, we provide these services:
- Antivirus/Antimalware to protect user’s computers and files from things like ransomware.
- Password reports that let you know if someone’s email or computer password is inadequate or hasn’t been changed in awhile.
- Two factor authentication on our end for our technicians when accessing any client data.
- Security training for your team included as part of your service. Your employees are the most significant vulnerability in your organization.
- Warnings about major active scams that your team needs to be aware of.
- Quarterly reviews of security best practices and recommendations for improvement in your organization.
- Daily offsite encrypted backups of your computer systems.
We also offer optional services like SPAM filtering, email encryption, backup & disaster recovery, and data-loss prevention.
The Proactive Approach
We are constantly looking for new ways to increase our IT efficiency so it boosts your company’s capacity for productivity. This may mean holding a two-hour workshop to show your employees a more efficient way to complete certain tasks. Or it might mean working with your marketing team to launch a successful social media campaign to bring in new clients. Whatever the challenge, we are here to help your firm achieve greater success, while protecting your vital documents and records.
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Written by Chris Michalec posted on November 5, 2018
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