“So no more Dropbox, no more pdf files, no more outsourcing, no more executive office without the bother of a security passcode, and no more devices outside the office accessing my emails??” you rightfully ask.
Well, you will have to start thinking, if you haven’t done so yet, to the extent that you realise your business invariably completely depends on it, “the importance of information technology cannot be overlooked or underestimated because my name and business reputation, as well my money are at a greater risk than ever before.” Think ‘financial protection’, ‘reputation protection’ and ‘privacy protection’. Can you really afford to overlook even one of these three aspects of your business? You wouldn’t overlook any of these in your personal life, so you certainly wouldn’t make any exceptions in your business.
Solicitors are shrewdly putting cyber security at the top of their agenda. Included in this high priority agenda item is an initial security audit by qualified cyber security professionals who will run a report on their systems and website, ensuring that systems are configured to meet the firm’s needs, ensuring that malware protection is working, ensuring only approved personnel is accessing systems and sensitive data, and ensuring client information is kept safe at all times.
Consider this: hackers are only interested in sensitive data the executive team possesses and the privileged access employees have to data and bank details, which they receive and exchange within the office, regardless of whether they’re physically in the office or not. So the biggest threat to cyber security is the executive team, followed by their subordinates.
Why do criminals target the legal sector? Because law firms are almost literally banks – they are directly linked to money, a lot of money from client accounts, company accounts and conveyancing money. Conveyancing alone has an annual cash value of £300 billion.
What can you do about cyber security to protect your name, your reputation, your finances, your business? At DG Law we take appropriate measures and can help you take appropriate measures. Give us a call to discuss the security of your IT systems, vetting your employees and reviewing your employment contracts as well as agreements you have in place that should include adequate clauses that protect your business.
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