The legal industry is facing its most challenging obstacle to date and it’s not from the opposition – these attacks against law firms are coming from hackers.
Did you know that legal firms were cybercriminals’ top choice for ransomware targets in the first quarter of 2019? Just because you’re a small firm doesn’t mean you aren’t a target – 43% of all breaches involved small businesses in 2019.
The bottom line is that you can’t afford to assume that you’re safe from cybercrime – you need to know for sure, by investing in the right cybersecurity defenses…
According to the ABA Legal Technology Report, legal firms use a range of cybersecurity measures at varying rates:
Less than half of surveyed firms use security measures such as file encryption (46 percent), file access restriction (41 percent), email encryption (38 percent), intrusion detection (34 percent), intrusion prevention (33 percent).
Antivirus software is used in conjunction with other security technology to provide defense against malware, adware, and spyware. Each of these cybercriminal tactics has the potential to do immense damage to internal processes and a company’s reputation. The job of antivirus software is to spot, block, and isolate intrusive, malicious applications so they can’t do damage to your data and legitimate software.
Antivirus is installed to protect at the user level, known as endpoint protection, and is designed to detect and block a virus or malware from taking root on a user’s computer, or worse, accessing a network to which the user is connected.
Update Software Continuously
You can’t afford to ignore software update notifications – but depending on your workload, you may have to. Software updates are not only meant to improve the functionality of the software; they also serve as a patch for recently identified vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers. Your IT company can handle the management of these updates to make sure that not a single one is ever skipped or delayed.
Monitor Your Systems
Also known as host-intrusion protection (HIP), this type of monitoring software will detect and report specially-developed malware that would otherwise make it past conventional antivirus and antimalware software. Your IT company will be able to deploy a monitoring solution to keep an eye on your systems.
Verify And Test Your Backups
If you want your desktop files backed up, it’s your responsibility to make sure your cloud is doing so automatically. You must have a backup copy of your data if it’s stolen or accidentally deleted.
Develop a Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery policy that specifies…
Backup to both an external drive in your office and a remote, secure, online data center. Set backups to occur automatically. And make sure your backup systems are encrypted.
Encrypted data is formatted in a secret code that would be meaningless if intercepted. It is one of the most efficient ways to secure a database given that decryption can only occur through a key, which is essentially a “secret password”.
This is especially important when your data is in transit – whether being sent in an email or in-between your office and your offsite data storage location. You need to make sure that if in the event the wrong party gets their hands on your data, they won’t be able to use it against you.
It’s understandable if you don’t think you have the time or knowledge to handle this on your own. That’s why you can get an IT partner like The HelpDesk Company to do it for you. We’ll take care of it, so you can know you’re secure and focus on your work