Firms Are Failing To Implement Cyber Essentials

Law firms are failing in their efforts to tackle the rising risk of cyber crime.

Even with £millions continuing to be fraudulently redirected, with the associated reputational impact and knock on effect on professional indemnity insurance premiums, most law firms have not implemented even the most basic cyber security measures.

The research has been undertaken by a leading provider of risk management tools to the legal sector, Lawyer Checker.

In a series of insight articles, we’ll review how firms are failing to implement simple cyber strategies that will protect their business, protect client funds, and communicate a cyber journey to PI insurers.

Our first consideration is the implementation of the Government endorsed Cyber Essentials accreditation. According to research less than 10% have adopted the standard.

Cyber Essentials is the UK minimum cyber security standard recommended by the government.

The Government recommended scheme identifies fundamental technical security controls that an organisation must have in place to help defend against internet-borne threats. These include boundary firewalls and internet gateways, secure configuration, access control, malware protection and patch management.

When implemented fully, it can protect a business from low and mid-level attacks, helping to guard against the most common cyber threats. Almost 50% of UK businesses suffered a cyber attack last year

In 2018, 60% of law firms reported a security incident, a figure almost certainly under reported.

Cyber Essentials not only protects against cyber attacks; it allows law firms to demonstrate to their customers that their data is adequately protected, and that they take cyber security seriously. Practising robust cyber security can benefit a firm by creating a unique selling point, thereby enabling business.

Indeed, many tenders, particularly Government contracts, now stipulate Cyber Essentials as part of the vetting process. Can you afford to run the risk of being excluded?

Start your cyber journey with Lawyer Checker today. As a Cyber Essentials assessor, Lawyer Checker can help you get accredited in 48 hours.

For more information about Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials plus please contact us on 0800 133 7127.

This article was submitted to be published by Lawyer Checker as part of their advertising agreement with Today’s Legal Cyber Risk. The views expressed in this article are those of the submitter and not those of Today’s Legal Cyber Risk.

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