Security is hard enough without being in the cross hairs of nation state hackers. However, that comes with the territory for law firms, who handle the strategic information cyber-attackers crave. Even using next generation security measures, adversaries with the time, resources and skills are ruthless in their persistence and ingenious in their techniques.
Many firms fall into the trap of over-investing in technology courtesy of the advice of security product vendors – looking for a panacea that simply does not exist. A more holistic approach is needed. The key ingredients are: strong executive committee support, a security program and an on-going assessment of cyber risk. We, can perform a customized law firm security assessment designed to assist law firms by helping them to shore up their cybersecurity defenses; improve their incident response capabilities; and protect their client’s data as follows:
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Determine how resistant a law firm is to attack with penetration testing customized to the law firm’s needs. The testing can be designed to target critical and confidential information unique to law firms such as materials subject to attorney work product protections or attorney-client privileged communications relating to litigation, transactions, intellectual property and other highly sensitive and central subject areas. Ultimately, we will gauge if a law firm can effectively detect or respond to a simulated attack;
Assess the security of critical software used by a law firm, such as case management programs, e-discovery tools, client management systems, business development platforms and other specialized technologies crucial to a successful law firm practice;
Help support the development of a healthy risk aware culture with knowledge transfer to partners, associates, legal assistants, executive assistants as well as operational and technology support staff;
Examine specifically how confidential legal information (from documents and PowerPoint decks to spreadsheets and databases) are currently stored and protected, using a combination of threat analysis, security architecture review and password recovery; and
Translate the results of testing, assessments and analysis into realistic and practical recommendations custom designed for law firms, organized as quick wins, critical risks and relative strengths.
Designing Your Security Program
Establish a Cybersecurity Vision
Understanding where you want to go is vital to helping get there. RiskAware helps develop your vision and keep you accountable and on track.
Determine and Prioritize Cybersecurity Initiatives
Tailored security services help provide a strategic path which in turn helps you achieve your security plan. RiskAware can assist in determining and prioritizing security initiatives to reduce risk in a quick and cost effective manner.
Reduce Risk with Ongoing Security Improvements
Assessing and addressing risk is never finished, but a virtual or fractional CISO leads you along the path.