Cyber-crime is a growing risk to law firms of all sizes as lawyers and the legal profession increasingly become targets of cyber-criminals.
While many law firms may not appreciate it, they hold information about clients that may be valuable to cyber-criminals who can on-sell client personal or transactional information. The cyber-criminals can also lock down a firm’s information and ransom firms to have it released or manipulate the flow of information to have money paid to them.
Having strategies and practice management processes to raise awareness of and boost a firm’s cyber-security is important in protecting the firm’s clients and reputation as well as sound claims prevention.
There are a number of steps you can take to minimise the risk of becoming a victim of cyber-criminals.
Law Council of Australia – Cyber Precedent – strengthening the legal profession’s defence against online threats