According to a Poneman Institute study, four out of five businesses lack the required infrastructure or security professionals with relevant skills to spot and defend against incoming cyberattacks. Legal firms hold an abundance of sensitive information putting them at a large risk of having their confidential data compromised. So what can your legal firm to do address and prevent this risk?
Create Comprehensive Policies
A comprehensive security policy covers the rules and responsibilities of those at all levels of your organization. It should address what to do in an event of a breach, the process for dealing with these potential events and how the organization can mitigate these types of incidents.
Implement the Policy at All Levels
Once new security measures are created and reviewed they should be implemented across all levels of the organization and thoroughly documented. Your security policies should be thought of as living, breathing documents, that should be changed and adapted to meet your firm’s every changing security needs and the evolving security landscape. Listening to your employees and making adaptations to your plan based on their feedback is key to instituting a security plan that works well with your firm and is adhered to by staff. Just remember, all changes to your security plan must be documented thoroughly.
Choose the Right Software
Your legal firm should be utilizing software that has security features baked in. For example, software you choose to use should allow you to set permission levels for your staff. This ensures that only staff who need access to certain files can access them and allows management to edit permissions at the click of a mouse. These additional security features help prevent security breaches and conflicts of interest within your firm.
Put Your Security in The Hands of Experts
Security is a specialized area of IT. Asking your on-site tech experts to complete both security tasks and maintain your firm’s IT infrastructure can be demanding and many important tasks may be placed on the backburner, putting your organization at risk of hackers. True security is much more than a full-time job as it requires implementing and updating security policies as well as monitoring and mitigating risk factors. With the ever-evolving threat landscape IT staff must also stay on top of changing threats and new technologies. These tasks are not suitable to add to someone’s already full list of obligations. Hiring a managed service provider that specializes in security is the best approach to ensuring your clients legal data is secure. For help choosing a managed service provider read here.