Prevent Your Las Vegas Law Firm’s Data From Being Breached
The more convenient IT has made work for you in the legal sector, the more of a target you become for cybercriminals. In other words, the easier it is for you to access your clients’ data, the easier it is for cybercriminals to do so as well.
Case in point – law offices like yours were cybercriminals’ top choice for ransomware targets in the first quarter of 2019.
Do you know how to prevent a data breach at your firm?
Protecting Your Law Firm From Cybercrime In 2 Simple Steps
Step 1: Know What You’re Up Against
As of a few years ago, a third of in-house counsel respondents in “The State of Cybersecurity Report: an in-house perspective” reported that they had experienced a data breach – and cybercrime is only expected to grow, with the occurrence rate of data breaches estimated to increase by 22.5% each year up to 2023.
Step 2: Get Expert Assistance On Your Side
Without help from an expert cybersecurity company, what’s the state of your defenses?
According to data gathered by the American Bar Association (ABA), it’s probably not sufficient:
- 75% of responding firms are using some anti-virus software.
- 58% are using a firewall or anti-phishing software.
- 33% are using email encryption software.
- 25% are using device encryption software.
- 17% have some directory security in place.
- 25% have an employee training program involving cybersecurity.
You don’t have to try to handle your cybersecurity on your own. An IT company can provide security services, advise you on the credentials of vendors, and conduct ongoing risk assessments to identify network vulnerabilities.
Allow Network Heroes to help – we offer access to cybersecurity technologies and best practices that are often limited to enterprise organizations. Whereas affording enterprise anti-virus solutions, advanced email security software, and end-user awareness training would be cost-prohibitive on an independent basis, doing so with a managed IT services company like Network Heroes is much more cost-effective.
How Should You Respond To A Breach?
If you think you may have been the victim of ransomware, phishing, or another type of cybercrime, your first step is to get in touch with your IT support immediately.
Beyond that, make sure to follow these three steps:
Step 1: Isolate The Damage
Your first move when an attack occurs is to isolate the computer from the network to prevent further access. Remove the network cable from the tower or laptop and turn off your networking functions (the Wi-Fi settings). Do this manually even if you have security software that claims to shut down the connection for you.
Step 2: Power Down
You also need to shut down your computer to prevent damage to your hard drive. Ideally, your anti-virus and anti-spyware will prevent the attacker from getting that far, but you still need to remove it from the computer to protect it fully.
Step 3: Control Access
Resetting your passwords is also critical. You should be sure to create entirely new passwords and avoid re-using them at any point. Don’t forget to check any accounts linked to your computer, including social media profiles, email accounts, online banking, and any other potential targets.
Work With Network Heroes To Keep Your Firm Secure
You’ve got a caseload, so you likely don’t have the time to manage cybersecurity on your own.
That’s where a knowledgeable IT services company can be invaluable, like Network Heroes.
We are more than just computer technicians, were a team of IT professionals who know and understand the unique security concerns of law firms. We will help you develop a cybersecurity package that is virtually impenetrable to hackers.