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8 Steps to Create a Cybersecurity Protocol for Your Firm

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Do you have a cybersecurity protocol for working remotely?

If not, you’re raising your risk of a network breach or data compromise.

“With more employees than ever working from home, cyber security is increasingly a home-office issue,” writes Jeanette Mulvey for CO. “But there are best practices to thwart breaches.”

Among those best practices: requiring remote workers to use only firm-owned computers and approved software.

Want to learn more best practices for cybersecurity? Stay a step ahead of the criminals by attending our FREE, one-hour CLE webinar on September 17. Attorney Kevin O’Hagan – a nationally-recognized expert on cyber liability who defends lawyers and firms in malpractice cases – will give you a roadmap for staying safe and successful in these uncertain times. Register here.

8 Best Practices for Cybersecurity

  1. Purchase cyber liability insurance. Alta Pro offers two cyber liability products, SafeLaw and CyberProtect. SafeLaw is for any size law firm, insured with any carrier, and offers the most comprehensive 1st and 3rd party coverage. CyberProtect is an exclusive cyber liability program available only to Wesco insureds for firms with one to five lawyers. Call today for a free, no-obligation quote.
  2. Use approved anti-virus software. This applies to all employees and both PCs and Mac computers.
  3. Train your team. “First up is knowing what those attacks precisely are,” writes Mulvey. “Phishing scams, which are typically unsolicited emails that appear legitimate at first glance; and ransomware, a form of malware designed to hold businesses’ systems and their data hostage until a ransom of money is received, are two common types of cyberattacks.”
  4. Create a cyber breach prevention strategy. Consult with an IT professional for specifics. Here are some suggestions from Mulvey: “Develop a policy-and-procedure checklist to assess your cybersecurity needs, like data protection, and identify the tools necessary to ensure safety, from cyber insurance to password management software.”
  5. Always be learning. “You don’t know what you don’t know if you’re not a security expert,” says Mulvey. Register now for the free, one-hour webinar “Chapter 3: Putting Cybersafety to Work in Your Firm.”
  6. Get a cybersecurity audit. For around $500 or less, you can hire an IT expert to do a safety audit of your network and systems. This can include penetration testing.
  7. Use multi-factor authentication to secure your online accounts. You’re familiar with how this works. It requires you to verify your account information by way of email, text or phone.
  8. Use a password manager. “Sign up for password management software, which generates and stores different passwords for each of your online accounts,” says Mulvey. Popular choices: KeeperLastPass and Dashlane.

Alta Pro Insurance Services can help keep your practice strong and viable during these uncertain times. When you have professional liability coverage with Alta Pro, you’re automatically enrolled in the Alta Pro Lawyers RPG, which gives you access to a broad range of benefits, including the Pro Practice Playbook, Ask the Risk Pro, Reminger ProLink, discounts on Clio cloud software and much more. Here’s how to join.


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