There was a time not so long ago that you could leave your front door unlocked at night, your car keys in the ignition, and use the word ‘password’ as your computer’s password and not have too many worries. Those days are long gone. These days cybersecurity has to be a top priority for any company that handles sensitive data, even those that might think of themselves as an unlikely target. With small data breaches occurring almost daily, and major ones on a frequent basis, the importance of computer security can’t be overstated. A breach can cost a company millions of dollars in damages and even put it out of business altogether.
Law firms rely on computer systems and the Internet more than many businesses, for communication between employees and clients, record keeping, scheduling interviews and court appearances, and for collecting and storing the mountains of data they work with. And considering the highly confidential nature of their client’s information and the individual cases they’re involved in, data security is essential. To do other than have the best protection in place would be to fall short in their professional duties and obligations to their clients.
Security Vs. Convenience
Unfortunately, with today’s technology, having a high level of system security means a much lower level of convenience to the users. It’s crucial that companies determine their specific needs and vulnerabilities to find the appropriate balance between information security and user needs. Too many companies underestimate the risks and choose a convenient and easy-to-use system, often to their regret. This is especially true of law firms with their heavy workload. It can be a very costly mistake.
A Multi-Layered Approach To System Security
The most effective approach to cybersecurity is one with multiple layers of protection, each addressing a different vulnerability, with overlapping functions that work together as a whole to erect a strong barrier against hackers and spies. Although there will probably never be a fool-proof system that is 100% secure, there are many precautions that can be taken to get pretty close to one. Here are nine steps your firm can take for the best protection currently available.
Implementing these fundamental security measures and maintaining them properly will significantly decrease your vulnerability to information breaches and attacks.
Compunet InfoTech can help your Greater Vancouver law firm design the best data security for your needs. Contact our offices for more information.
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December 06, 2018
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