IT Security for the Legal Sector
Stringent information security is required in the UK’s legal sector. The ICO have confirmed the go ahead of the GDPR and it will apply to all businesses that operate within the E.U including those in the UK.
According to the CISCO 2015 Annual Security Report, law firms are ranked the seventh highest target for cyber criminals. The ICO investigated 173 law firms for suspected data breaches in 2015 and law firms throughout the UK are under increased pressure from both clients and the government to protect confidential information.
Law firms have a responsibility to protect client's information
Cybercrime presents a significant risk to law firm’s clients and their assets, including information and money. Data breaches not only leads to a negative impact on the structural or financial stability of a law firm, but can severely damage a their reputation and credibility.
Under Principle 10 of the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority (SRA) handbook, law firms within England and Wales have a responsibility to protect clients’ assets and information.
According to the Cyber Governance Health Check report 2015, 77% of businesses are allocating budgets specifically to protect consumer data. Encryption could also allow organisations to comply and secure sensitive data meaning resolving many legal apprehensions.
ISO 27001 Certification
Many law firms are now implementing ISO 27001-compliant information security management systems (ISMSs) to better manage their sensitive information, thereby proving to their clients that they take information security seriously and enabling them to gain an advantage over their competitors.
MFG Managed Encryption are proud to have partnered with IT Governance, so that you, our valued customer, can get the most appropriate encryption products and to tackle your cyber security, ISO and GDPR compliance requirements.
"It comes as a worrying surprise that an ILTA Survey found that 47% of law firms do not encrypt their laptop hard drives, 62% do not encrypt removable media and 86% do not encrypt desktop hard drives."
The importance of encryption for Legal firms
By their very nature, legal firms firms such as solicitors hold confidential and sensitive information on businesses and individuals.
In 2014/15 the Information Commissioners Office investigated 173 law firms for a range of data breach incidents. Increasingly, criminals are finding that banks and other areas that are historically targeted are now better protecting themselves. It is evident that a number of legal firms have been slow to implement standards for information security, leaving themselves open to cyber attacks.
MFG Managed Encryption takes the strain away from legal organisations trying to maintain an encryption solution themselves. MFG Managed Encryption covers all end-points throughout the firm, covering the Director’s mobile phones through to the office secretary desktop PC. Only those with password controlled access can view files held on a device.