As much as we like to rage against the machine, the truth is that most data breaches – a whopping 82 percent, in fact – are the result of human error, not computer error.
It happens when employees are either not paying attention or they are not properly trained. Phishing attacks are also prevalent, with perpetrators hiding malicious links in emails.
“Ransomware is the most aggressive form of cybercrime and enables criminals to infiltrate a business and lock away their most valuable data until a ransom is paid,” according to Lawyer Monthly. “Many businesses that get hit with ransomware attacks are hit again with subsequent attacks, and almost half find that some, if not all, of the data they retrieve is corrupted.”
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Here are three keys from the article, “How Poor Cybersecurity Practices Limit Your Law Firm’s Success:”
Keep security training up to date. From Lawyer Monthly: “Cybersecurity training isn’t a one-and-done situation. As new people join the team, technology evolves and new threats become an issue, your training and education need to adapt. So many law firms neglect to train their staff on the risks and what to do in different situations, but it makes it more challenging to respond appropriately and mitigate those risks altogether.”
Some training tips: Have personnel sign competency statements, implement data protection policies, hold staff meetings to ensure compliance.
Don’t neglect mobile devices. From Lawyer Monthly: “Mobile devices are a haven for security mistakes. As such, endpoint protection has to cover mobile and IoT devices. A good practice is to include anti-virus software and two-factor authentication for any sensitive interactions, but also regular backing up of data and having specific cybercrime insurance in place. Staff should also be reminded regularly of the importance of using VPNs and logging off when the devices aren’t being used so they can’t be accessed by other people.”
Make cybersecurity a priority. From Lawyer Monthly: “It’s a law firm’s responsibility to safeguard the business against any attacks and not solely rely on the IT team to do all the work. Whether it’s staff behavior and habits, monitoring and detection systems, or computer infrastructure, cybersecurity risks need to be a priority at all times and scaled accordingly as the business grows.”
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