New guide for Scottish solicitors on averting cyber attacks
A new guide published by the Law Society of Scotland aims to help to reduce the risk of cyber attacks for Scottish solicitors.
The Law Society’s Guide to Cybersecurity sets out key risk areas, the potential impact and consequences of a cyber security breach and what solicitors can do to help significantly reduce the likelihood of a successful attack on their business. The guide also highlights the need for a well thought out response and disaster recovery plan in the event of a successful cyber attack.
Helena Brown, vice-convener of the Law Society of Scotland’s Technology Law and Practice Committee said:
“Cybercrime poses one of the most important challenges to business, with increasing numbers affected by frauds and scams.
“Many of the threats to legal firms are no different to other businesses but in the legal world, where keeping client information confidential and client funds secure are paramount, the consequences of not having a robust cybersecurity plan in place can be extremely severe, not only in terms of potential data or financial losses but also to the reputation of the firm.
“While there is no shortage of information on cybercrime and cybersecurity in general, we specifically wanted to have a look at the issues from the perspective of solicitors and legal practices.”
The Society’s guide has been designed to help solicitors and their staff team understand and defend against cyber threats and provides simple tips that could help safeguard information and protect against reputational damage.
A copy of the new guide, which has been sponsored by IT consultancy Quorum and cyber security company Sapphire is being sent to all law firms and is also available to read on the Society’s website at www.lawscot.org.uk/members/member-services/guide-to-cybersecurity/.