Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.

Law firms need to pay particular attention to security. A breach can be particularly embarrassing for a legal practice if it is due to non-compliance with security-related legal obligations. Law firms should seek guidance from the British Standard of information security management, BS 7799, or the recently created International Standard, ISO 17799. These aim to simplify security management issues. A simple security cycle that draws on elements from BS 7799 is proposed (see diagram):l Promote security awareness. It is vital that the importance of maintaining information security is promoted and communicated to all users.l Conduct a risk assessment. Identify your security requirements by assessing the risks. This requires looking at the whole organisation and not just technical issues.l Develop an information security management system. This requires defining an information security policy, the scope of the ISMS, identification of information assets, the controls to manage risks and a statement of applicability.l Conduct an IT Health Check. Identify any technical vulnerabilities on your networks and establish whether your system has been securely installed, configured and maintained.l Monitoring and compliance checking. Managing information security is an on-going concern. Technologies, legal and organisational requirements change. Regular reviews are essential to ensure security arrangements are up to date and adequate.For the latest news on security, look at the following websites:

This premium content is reserved for
Legal Week Subscribers.
Subscribe today and get 10% off.


  • Trusted insight, news and analysis from the UK and across the globe
  • Connections to senior business lawyers within the leading law firms and legal departments
  • Unique access to ALM's unrivalled, market-leading reporting in the US and Asia and cutting-edge research, including Legal Week's UK Top 50 and Global 100 rankings
  • The Legal Week Daily News Alert, Editor's Highlights, and Breaking News digital newsletters and more, plus a choice of over 70 ALM newsletters
  • Optimized access on all of your devices: desktop, tablet and mobile
  • Complete access to the site's full archive of more than 56,000 articles

Already have an account?

For enterprise-wide or corporate enquiries, please contact Paul Reeves on Preeves@alm.com or call on +44 (0) 203 875 0651


Legal Week Newsletters & Alerts

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your subscription, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters and alerts. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2019 American Lawyer Media International, LLC. All Rights Reserved.