Ransomware attacks and other cybersecurity threats are becoming more sophisticated, but keeping up with security and safety will help prevent attacks.
With more lawyers marketing their services online, they are opening their doors to becoming vulnerable to cyberattack. According to the Globe and Mail, many small towns and cities in Canada are being targeted for ransomware, sending ripples of concern into the surrounding governments and business owners.
Ransomware attacks and other cybersecurity threats are becoming more sophisticated, making it difficult for small businesses to keep up their security measures to hedge against attacks. Lawyers are particularly concerned due to the sensitive nature of their clients’ information. A breach of data security could mean large fines and lawsuits against their firms.
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority published a survey in 2018 with 500 responders who were business owners or IT employees. It reported that 40 percent had experienced a cyberattack in the past year, and 88 percent were worried about one happening in the future.
While many lawyers have decided to dedicate more money and resources toward preventing cyberattacks, there are still many ways to help prevent cyberattacks against a firm.
Katherine Kolnhofer, partner at Bell Temple LLP, who works in a privacy and access to information practice group with a focus on cybersecurity and data breach management states, “There’s still a perception this [data breach] is not going to happen to a small business, your average business…they’re somewhat resistant to thinking they need to expend resources to implement all these strategies.” Don’t allow your firm to experience a data breach and be subject to the costs and legal actions. Take steps to protect your information before it’s too late.
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