6 Tips for Protecting Sensitive Data at Law Firms
Cyber Criminals are becoming more sophisticated in their attacks, with
more breaches being reported more than ever, now is the time to take
action and safeguard your sensitive data with our 6 top tips for Law
By Jamie Ritchie
Many law firms – and cyber attack victims in general – are hacked without
detection, sometimes even for months or years, allowing for sensitive data to be continuously leaked over an extended period of time. In 2016, Russian cyber criminals targeted nearly 50 elite law firms mainly in the US and UK in a highly organised and targeted manner
“If you’ve got confidential information about a merger or a patent, it’s going to be very valuable to hackers.”
Mitigating cyber security threats has never been more crucial. Hackers are
evolving, and new data breaches and releases of ransomware are occurring at an ever-increasing rate. It is estimated that by 2021 the global cost of cyber security related issues could be £6 trillion per year.
1. IDENTIFY WHERE SENSITIVE DATA IS AT RISK
Your first step should be to evaluate your firm’s digital environment. Where does your confidential data lie and how can employees access that data? Discovering what and where risk exists in your systems will help determine how you should approach your data protection.
2. GO BEYOND NETWORK SECURITY
Focusing on perimeter-based network security models does not protect against today’s threats. Though easier to implement, traditional network security is not a thorough solution and has several pitfalls: it fails to identify trusted interfaces; its “trust but verify” method doesn’t actually work; malicious insiders can be in positions of trust; and trust doesn’t apply to packets.
3. UTILISE DATA LOSS PREVENTION SOLUTIONS
Because there will be inevitable holes in your network, data loss prevention (DLP) tools are a necessity and can provide additional protection in the event that sensitive data leaves the network. Armed with a security solution that travels with your data, your firm’s risk for a major data breach is reduced. We recommend Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility + Security solution, as it is a great solution for firms that are already using Office 365 and want to enhance their data protection policies by implementing mobile device management via Intune, and data loss prevention via Azure RMS.
4. CONSIDER A DLP MANAGED SECURITY PROVIDER
A DLP Managed Security Provider like SR Cloud Solutions can take the burden of implementing and constantly monitoring your firm’s security efforts off your shoulders, freeing up manpower so that you can focus more on your own clients.
At SR Cloud Solutions we have a number of DLP solutions from market leaders such as Imperva, Digital Guardian, and Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security with Azure RMS.
5. EMPOWER EMPLOYEES THROUGH POSITIVE SOCIAL ENGINEERING
Beyond having the proper security tools in place, it’s important that your
employees have effective and ongoing security training. Traditional approaches are stale and hard to retain. Instead, empower your employees through positive social engineering. Many top email security products now come with an option for simulated email based attacks which test your employees in such scenarios and highlights where further training is necessary.
6. UTILISE ENTERPRISE GRADE CONTENT COLLABORATION SOLUTIONS
If sharing sensitive data with external partners, clients and 3rd parties, it is worth implementing an enterprise grade content collaboration solution that can integrate with a 3rd party Data Loss Prevention solution and has additional features such as 2 Factor Authentication, centralised auditing, encryption, and watermarking capabilities.
At SR Cloud Solutions we recommend Citrix Content Collaboration as a market leader with all the security features your organisation needs, yet being simple and intuitive to use every day. Citrix Content Collaboration supports integrations with Outlook, internal file server, SharePoint and more. You may be using another content collaboration solution or staff maybe using personal solutions such as One Drive or Dropbox, but with Citrix Content Collaboration you have advanced enterprise features, full auditing and centralised management that are not present in consumer grade solutions.