Like nectar attracts honeybees, law firms harboring lucrative data attract cybercriminals. Meanwhile, clients trust legal professionals to safeguard their most intimate secrets, whether it’s corporate information related to intellectual property or confidential personal information details from a case. For this reason, it’s paramount that network security for law firms be taken seriously.
Hackers of all types target law firms for myriad reasons. There are attacks by fraudsters and hacktivists, unprincipled competitors and nation-states. To help firms of all sizes, from solo practices to multi-branch offices, we present our expertise in the form of an easily digestible set of best practices.
Your firm should have a good understanding of the most common threats targeting law firms. Top threats to watch include:
Ransomware - Keep an eye on the latest trends in the world of computer viruses. In recent years, ransomware has become the most feared threat vector, wreaking havoc across the globe. As you may deduce from the name, ransomware is programmed to lock infected systems or data until a ransom is paid. A similar class called wiperware is also on the rise, but unlike ransomware, wiperware is specifically programmed to wipe an infected system of all its contents.
Outdated Technology - Considering the rate of change in technology, what was cutting edge just a few years ago is now obsolete in many cases. This means law firms that fail to keep their network security infrastructure current make themselves more susceptible to hacks. You should keep close tabs on the systems and software you rely on to conduct business.
Weak Password Policies - Cracking weak passwords continues to rank as one of the most common ways for hackers to gain access to networks. If your firm doesn’t stress the importance of using strong passwords, you’re putting your practice and its clients in undue jeopardy.
Hacktivist - In simplest terms, a hacktivist is an activist hacker driven by a political or social agenda. Attackers that fit into this category are more interested in exposing secrets than financial gain. Law firms that represent clients in socially controversial industries such as big oil, big pharma banking and others are more likely to be targeted by hacktivists.
After you have established a firm understanding of your threats, it’s time to design and implement a solid plan to address each one. Here’s a list of essentials to follow:
With over 20 years of experience, ChimeNet can help your firm shore up its network security. As a certified Cisco Premier partner, we can help you procure, install and manage next-generation Cisco solutions. Engineered to detect, monitor and thwart even the most sophisticated threats, our clients rely on these renowned security appliances to protect their organizations. As a managed service provider specializing in network security, we help law practices of all sizes to create secure network systems.
To learn more about our managed services and how we can help secure your law firm, visit our network security overview.