The Importance of Cybersecurity Protection for Law Firms

While law firms understand the significance of having an advocate who fights for their best interests with legal matters, the question arises: who is protecting their back from the ever-present threat of cyberattacks? Keep reading to learn why law firms are an ideal target for bad actors and what they can do now to improve their cybersecurity.

Why law firms need strong cybersecurity protection

Think of all the confidential files that a lawyer has on their hard drive. Whether it’s representing individual clients or an enterprise corporation, all the information that a client shares with their lawyer is strictly confidential. But as we know, bad actors don’t respect the rules. According to the American Bar Association, (ABA):

A lawyer shall not reveal information relating to there presentation of a client unless the client gives informed consent, the disclosure is impliedly authorized in order to carry out the representation or the disclosure is permitted by paragraph (b).

A cyberattack to a law firm’s system can give bad actors access to clients’ trade secrets and other intellectual property as well as sensitive information that can greatly impact a client’s reputation if it were made public. However, many law firms either can’t afford cybersecurity protection or don’t believe it is important to prioritize for their business.

This mindset couldn’t be farther from the truth. All businesses, especially those that have access to sensitive customer information, are at risk of a cyberattack. Law firms are held to a high standard of protecting client information and a leak of sensitive information can lead to a lawsuit – and lawyers know what a pain those can be.

Another common misconception about cybersecurity solutions is that they require a significant investment of resources and time. Our motto here at Entara is “cybersecurity is a journey,” and with that comes are commended roadmap for organizations. As you can see from our hierarchy of cybersecurity needs pyramid, like any journey in life, you must start somewhere. If multifactor authentication (MFA) and managed detection and response (MDR) are all your business is able to support right now, that is a great first step. The most important thing is having some type of protection in place to begin your journey, and to continue to grow your security posture alongside your business, advancing up the pyramid with time.

What can law firms do right now to improve their cybersecurity protection?

1. Enable Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

Many data breaches are caused by stolen or weak credentials. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) adds an extra layer of security to the login procedure. Instead of just relying on a single password, users are required to provide two or more pieces of evidence to authenticate their right to access.While it does add an extra step for employees, MFA is highly effective at preventing cyberattacks and controlling authorized access. Consider implementing a Single-Sign-On (SSO) process to prevent MFA fatigue.

2. Tighten Internal Communications and Provide Cybersecurity Training

Email-based phishing scams are all too common and can seem convincing to the untrained eye. For example, a bad actor could pose as a company leader and ask employees for sensitive information or make an urgent financial request. Review the basics of phishing schemes and other suspicious behavior regularly with all employees and agree on a set of internal communication guidelines. Cybersecurity training can also be implemented to teach your employees how to spot a phishing attempt and the importance of being vigilant

3. Implement a Managed Detection and Response (MDR) Solution

A Managed Detection and Response (MDR) solution monitors your endpoints, email, identity, or network traffic and disrupts intentional or accidental misuse of access across your environment, both on premises and in the cloud. Adding an MDR across your security stack is important because it combines the automation of technology with human expertise. MDR enables quick identification of threats that can bypass known preventative measures – limiting their impact to your organization.

Improve Your Company’s Security with Entara

Entara offers complete, integrated IT and cybersecurity solutions personalized to a company’s needs. We cover a full range of security and technology services to elevate our clients’ security stacks and prevent devastating cyberattacks. Connect to learn more about how our team of experts can reduce your organization’s risk today.

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