Common Legal Cyber Attacks – and How to Stop Them

People might think lawyer’s files are a bunch of boring documents, but hackers know the truth – you have access to information that hackers can use for their own gain. That’s why lawyers are becoming popular targets within the hacker community.

Unfortunately, if you experience a data breach, your firm now risks potential malpractice allegations. So here are some ways to identify and protect yourself against common cybersecurity threats. 

#1 – Phishing Scams

Phishing emails usually look like real emails, but try to fool you into sharing credentials on a fake website where hackers can capture the info they want.

To identify a phishing email, check email addresses and links by hovering over them – but DON’T CLICK! Check that the email address and domain match the sender with no spelling mistakes. For links, check the URL matches the content.

It’s also a good idea to implement multi-factor authentication, meaning even if a hacker gets your credentials, they can’t access anything without the secondary authentication.

#2 – Ransomware

The premise of ransomware is simple. The attacker finds a way to take your files, encrypt them, and demands payment for their (you hope) un-encrypted return.

Ransomware usually comes from clicking on an infected file attachment but like phishing, always be wary of strange looking emails and don’t click on anything you’re unsure about.

Usually, an antivirus will eliminate ransomware, but hackers always seem to find ways to get around protection. Your best bet is to keep up-to-date backups of your data. Then all you have to do is remove the virus and restore your backup – voila, no missing files and no payment required!

#3 – Mobile devices

You’ve secured your office networks and computer systems, but have you thought about portable devices? What happens if someone loses a company phone with access to client files? To protect your firm, every device that accesses your network needs protection – including cellphones. Everything should be password protected and equipped with security software.

As lawyers, you have a responsibility to protect your business data for the sake of your clients. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so contact your IT department if something feels off.

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