Cyber Security for Solicitors
New research has found that almost half of solicitors practicing today consider cyber security one of the biggest issues facing their firms. Of the professionals questioned on behalf of the Law Society of Scotland, 42% of respondents said they are concerned about online security, citing data protection as the primary issue.
But this comes as no surprise. The risk of legal documents going missing within a practice, or them falling into the wrong hands, is paramount within the sector as a whole. The most serious threat is that of a breach of confidentiality, which can result in catastrophic loss of reputation. The substantial fines associated with such an issue can also affect the entire existence of the practice.
However, the survey launched last month also highlighted that over 90% of solicitors still used the internet on a daily basis for work. This proves that there is a key role for online functionality for employees within the legal sector – when the appropriate security is in place.
The Positive Role of Technology
The findings of the report were warmly received here at Curavar, as they have shown that solicitors are increasingly optimistic about how technology can improve the efficiency of their business.
Our own research has shown that, following the implementation of our increased levels of protection, with options such as multiple firewall protection, solicitors are able to increase business efficiency, enable remote workers more effectively, and communicate with clients and service providers in a secure and reliable manner. With no local server required, improved system maintenance is possible while still making savings over traditional dedicated IT Support costs.
The need for those in the legal profession to choose the most secure and reliable systems has never been more vital.
The Need for Security
As the reality of Brexit is looming over us, uncertainty is proving to be the enemy of business planning, but there’s one thing that is not negotiable; security. Recent news stories have proven the need for stringent online security across the legal profession.
While commercial organisations and individuals are choosing more sophisticated methods to keep themselves secure online, for some criminals, the solicitor is seen as easy prey. It is up to the firms themselves to find the scalable and flexible protection for their infrastructure to ensure their businesses comply.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority estimates that 12% of all IT directors and partners think they’ve already experienced an online attack, while 80% think there’s a likelihood of their legal firm becoming a victim.
There are many ways in which any organisation within the legal services sector can protect themselves, and improve their business operations at the same time.
Keep Safe Online
The easiest way for any legal firm to stay safe online is to choose the most secure service in the first place.
Security, control and enablement of employees to work remotely from multi-sites or from home is vital for anyone working in the legal industry. Being able to access legal and confidential documents and data with complete confidence is of paramount importance.
Curavar’s VDI – Desktop as a Service (DaaS) – is a secure and highly efficient cloud based infrastructure where data is protected from online threats as well the physical risk of stolen PC’s, laptops, and mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets.
With a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and Mobile Device Management system you can ensure complete company data security for your practice and your clients. Legal practices are also deploying MDM to make employees more productive, turning mobile devices into productivity tools.
When away from the office, sometimes the only device a solicitor will have is their mobile phone or tablet. By providing instant access to all the most salient business intelligence for a case, work rates can be improved instantaneously.
Extensive control and manageability of mobile devices and users with the MDM system also provides added security. If a smart phone or tablet with important legal documents on it goes missing or is stolen, the device can be remotely wiped and locked by the practice. This effectively safeguards all confidential documents, while still providing ‘any time, anywhere’ access to maximise efficiency.
It is possible that 80% of solicitors are prone to serious security risks from different angles.