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Running a law firm is no simple task. Apart from having to also be a lawyer, if you're in charge of the firm, you have to manage the people, the facilities, the clients, the potential clients, the marketing, and everything else, including cybersecurity.
With all that's on your plate, that last one, cybersecurity, is actually a really big deal, and should not be left to fall by the wayside. Below, you can read about three of the most common mistakes law firms make when it comes to cybersecurity.
1. Cybersecurity Needs to Be a Top Priority
Surprisingly, lawyers and law firms tend to be somewhat lax when it comes to cybersecurity. Whether it stems from a "not-gonna-happen-to-me" attitude or sheer laziness, or lack of knowledge, not making cybersecurity a top priority in your firm's operations means you'll be a sitting duck for hackers. Turning off automatic updates, or continually delaying updates, is one way that lawyers, like just about everyone else in the world, is guilty of not prioritizing cybersecurity.
When your computer tells you it needs an update, you should take the time to verify the update is legitimate (go to the software company's website to confirm there's actually an update required), and actually perform the update. Yes, it can eat into your billable time for the day, but it is much better than being the source of a hack that gets the entire office network.
2. Open Security Methods Increase Risk
If you allow everyone on your team to access everything in your firm's database, know that you're taking a big risk. With how cheap memory is, and how simple it can be to set up permissions on a network, if you have several members in your firm, there's almost no excuse for allowing everyone to have access to everything (unless everyone works on everything together). If one employee's credentials are compromised, the entire firm's network and database could be at risk.
3. Implementation Is the Most Important Part
You bought the software, bought the right equipment, and even followed the basic setup instructions. But when it comes to your firm's cybersecurity, it may be worthwhile to have experts review your setup to ensure that you are getting the most out of your cybersecurity, and using it correctly. Also, if there are holes or weaknesses, an expert will be able to identify those for you and suggest ways to patch the holes.
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