August 20th, 2015 by admin
Lawyers have a treasure trove of sensitive information stored electronically that could be of interest to many hackers. Not only will a law firm have client payment information (credit card and PIN numbers) stored in their online network, but they have tons of other data that could be dangerous if leaked. At any time, law firms could be storing case or litigation strategies, attorney-client and other legally privileged information, client intellectual property, confidential client business information and employee and client personally identifiable information. Law firms are finally realizing how disastrous it would be if this information got into the wrong hands, and are getting on board to secure their data. Here we explain 4 ways law firms can get ahead of the curve with network security.
- Data Encryption
Lawyers must make it their firm's policy that encryption be used to protect their confidential information. If a firm does not encrypt, it shows clients that you are not serious about securing their private information. Every single time any private information is transmitted outside of or into the firm, it must be encrypted. Depending on the types of threats involved, the nature and manner of the encryption will vary. It is important that all laptops, thumb drives and mobile devices be encrypted because they can easily be stolen or lost.
- Intrusion Detection and Prevention
Attacks by advanced APT malware and the like pose serious threats to the security of law firms' data. In order to address and defeat these threats, appropriate intrusion an detection tools are needed. The early detection of malware and quick prevention of information loss from these invasions need the skills of well-trained specialists in this field. Before its too late, a law firm needs to contact a reputable IT firm like IPRO to deploy and maintain counter espionage software and specialized threat detection and prevention software and hardware.
- Establish Written Policies
A law firm must have written policies addressing the major network security issues. A breach response policy that details exactly and in detail who, how and what the firm will do in response to an online security breach or compromise of confidential data must be put in place. Computer policies must also be in used, with features including strong passwords that change regularly, never sharing a password, forbidding use of WiFi hot spots and blacklisted web sites. These policies must be well written out and made clear to the members of the firm.
- Purposeful User Education
One of the problems with law firms and many other businesses is that they do not understand how important user education is to good network security. Reluctance to follow security procedures and engaging in risky online behavior generally occurs because the users do not fully understand the consequences of such behaviors. Firms must make network security education and IT training that explains the technology of the practice and why security is so important a priority.
If you have any questions about how you can make your law firm more secure, contact us today! One of our knowledgable team members will be happy to address any and all network security concerns you have.
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