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Perimeter breach: Protect your law firm from hackers

Seth Berman explores the governance and operational challenges of managing cybercrime risks in law firms

13 September 2013

There is growing evidence that UK lawyers are being targeted by cyber criminals, who view law firms as veritable treasure troves of clients' intellectual property and commercially-sensitive information.

But, with limited internal digital security expertise and an obligation to safeguard confidential and sensitive data, the failure of firms to tackle online security could be leaving clients increasingly vulnerable to attack.

As hackers become more sophisticated, firms must develop a strategy of ongoing review, testing and training to avoid significant risk to business continuity and reputational damage.

The ingenuity displayed by hackers looking to gain access to one UK law firm's data serves as a stark reminder of the threats facing the sector. Adopting ?a spear phishing strategy (a highly targeted form of phishing), the hackers created an email address in a name that looked very similar to the name of the firm's managing partner.

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