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How law firms can stay secure when remote working

How law firms can stay secure when remote working

Did you know that 100 percent of law firms were targeted by cyber-attacks in early 2020?

That’s right – every law firm received at least one cyber-attack.

This is perhaps unsurprising, with remote working increasing cybersecurity issues in all sectors, and law firms holding so much sensitive information.

These facts mean that law firms, like yours, must follow IT security best-practices so they don’t fall victim to cybercriminals.

Let’s explore some of these strategies now so your staff can stay secure whilst working remotely.

Implement staff training

Unfortunately, your staff aren’t all cybersecurity experts. Indeed, they might not even be basically cyber-safe. To remedy this, you’ll need to train your staff.

According to ITPro, the four key stages to cybersecurity training are:

  1. Train your team for the risks they face. This entails covering the biggest threats caused by home working. Also, tailor training for each job to address role-specific dangers.
  2. Use simulations and engage staff. This might involve testing staff with online quizzes. In addition, perform penetration testing and cybersecurity simulations.
  3. Build effective communication and planning. To do this, distill cybersecurity procedures into documented IT security governance. Then, share these documents with all staff.
  4. Include staff in their training. This means appointing cybersecurity experts in different departments, as well as rewarding staff who go the extra mile or fend off attacks.

These four steps will help train your remote staff to work securely. Now, let's look at how you can prevent cybercriminals from gaining access to your systems altogether.

Turn on multi-factor authentication

Users who enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) will end up blocking 99.9 percent of automated attacks. Indeed, according to Microsoft, MFA is ‘the single best thing you can do to improve security for remote work.’

By requiring multiple factors to authenticate a user, you’ll make it harder for unauthorised users to gain access to your law firm's systems. This is because MFA requires users to identify themselves by more than a username and password.

This is especially necessary with remote working. Why? Because remote working makes it easier for passwords to be seen or overheard (perhaps whilst an associate works on a train).

That's why it's best practice to turn on MFA on all employee devices.

Level-up your network security

Remote workers can’t depend upon the firewalls and other IT security measures you have deployed at your law firm’s office.

Fortunately, you can deploy technology like Zscaler to achieve watertight network security, protecting staff wherever they’re working from.

Specifically, with a solution like this you’ll enjoy:

  • Private internet access. Enjoy a VPN solution that delivers a quick and powerful internet connection away from public internet security issues.
  • Identical security for all staff. Replicate security policies to every user and every device across your entire business.
  • Complete protection. Get security at every layer of your business with URL filtering, Browser Isolation and cloud firewalls.

There’s no reason to let your staff use unsafe networks when you can take advantage of tools like this.

The question is: are you ready to take your IT security up a notch?

Reinvigorate your firm’s IT security today

While remote working is a productivity-boosting trend that's here to stay, it can cause a surge in IT security issues for law firms like yours.

Worryingly, the increase in phishing attempts caused by remote working means that 60 percent of organisations believe they’ll fall victim to such an attack over the coming year.

The good news is, with the right tools and strategies you can bolster your defences and secure your law firm from cyber-attacks, all while enjoying the benefits of remote working.

If you’d like to learn more about how to upgrade your network security and protect your law firm, reach out for a chat with one of our team.
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