It is no surprise that law firms continue to be an attractive target for cyberthieves. Law firm data systems hold various types of confidential information about corporate clients, and include nonpublic information about corporate development, business strategy and planned transactions that hackers could use for a variety of malevolent uses. In addition, firms generally also store a wealth of personally identifiable information, including protected health information and payment information, for clients, parties, witnesses, and employees. The dramatic shift to remote working due to COVID-19 has increased the complexity of the cybersecurity challenges firms face.
The Effect of COVID-19
The advent of COVID-19 saw the nearly overnight change from office-based work to remote work. The speed with which employees moved to working from home brought about an additional layer of risk, and forced firms to quickly attempt to secure the remote work environment. This section is meant to highlight controls that remote working has brought to light, and to drive internal expectations as well as conversations with your firms.