Industry Overview

Cybersecurity for law firms

Law firms are often prime targets for cybercrime due to the sensitive client data they handle. Disruptions to operations can be costly, drawing the attention of ransomware gangs. Plus, the substantial funds involved in legal transactions and time pressures create ideal conditions for phishing attacks.

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Legal Cybersecurity

The legal sector has everything cybercriminals want

The NCSC has repeatedly warned that UK legal services are being increasingly targeted. Once attacked, financial or reputational loss can be disastrous. Why are law firms such an appealing target for attackers?

There are several reasons. Many law firms are large multinational companies, and they face the common challenges of managing IT and accounts for a vast number of people across various locations. All firms frequently handle extensive amounts of personal data, which attackers are eager to steal. They also manage significant sums of money and, in cases like mergers and acquisitions, oversee large financial transactions. They also rely on tech such as data rooms – third-party systems where sensitive data is copied and processed – adding another layer of vulnerability.

Key challenges

Sensitive data

Identity theft, financial fraud and extortion and just a few of the malicious activities cyber criminals can carry out with sensitive data.

Insider risks

Individuals with access to confidential client data can misuse this information for personal gain or expose it through human error.

Outdated tech

Many organisations in the legal sector rely on legacy systems and software that may not be regularly updated or patched, leaving them susceptible to known vulnerabilities and exploits.

Legal cybersecurity in numbers

What an attack could mean for your law firm.

Breaches relate to incorrect email recipients50%
Experienced a phishing attack in the last 12 months89%
Overtime hours DLA Piper paid following an attack15,000
The total number of websites one firm had to exploit640
Find Your Blind Spots: Gain a Leaner Attack Surface Webinar
On-demand webinar

Watch our exclusive webinar on cyber threats in the legal sector

We analysed the attack surfaces of 25 top UK law firms, and we’re ready to present our results to guide you on common vulnerabilties and what you need to focus on to improve your security posture.

How CloudGuard Can Help

Effective legal services cybersecurity solutions

CloudGuard is here to address the cybersecurity challenges facing legal services. Our selection of cybersecurity solutions – including 24/7 managed SecOps, comprehensive posture assessments, and expert CISO advisory services – help to strengthen your defences, ensure compliance, and keep you protected 24/7.

Proactive protection

24/7 Managed Security Operations

We often hear that cost is the biggest barrier to implementing effective, in-house cybersecurity. We want to change that. Introducing CloudGuard’s 24/7 Managed Security Operations – designed to keep costs down while offering unmatched protection.

By unifying all your security data, we can detect, analyse, and respond to all alerts at machine speed thanks to our AI and automation-powered virtual SOC Analyst. Any incident or alert that can’t be automatically resolve is triaged to our UK-based Managed SOC team to provide that extra level of human critical thinking that can never be replaced.

By streamlining this process from hours to mere seconds, we significantly reduce the impact of threats, overcoming professional services cybersecurity challenges.

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Find your blind spots

Security Posture Assessment

Understanding your attack surface in the face of cyber threats is essential. Our detailed assessment evaluates your client data management practices, identifying vulnerabilities and providing actionable insights to mitigate risks and protect sensitive information from unauthorised access.

With our expertise, you can protect your operations, defend valuable intellectual property, and maintain trust with customers and partners.

Expert advice

CISO Advisory Services

A great CISO plays a major role in protecting your business, but this isn’t always an option due to costs and talent shortages. CloudGuard’s experienced CISO-as-a-Service advisors can provide you with the guidance and support needed to improve your security posture.

From conducting comprehensive risk assessments to developing strategic cybersecurity roadmaps and advising on regulatory compliance, our CISO advisory service helps you to proactively identify and mitigate cyber risks, protect critical assets, and strengthen resilience against emerging threats.

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Case study

CloudGuard’s MXDR Automates 98% of Amazon Filters Threat Responses

Amazon Filters lacked internal resources for cybersecurity in the face of rising threats. By teaming up with CloudGuard, they automated threat detection, analysis and response. In just 90 days, automation addressed 98% of alerts, resulting in a 52-day saving compared to manual methods. CloudGuard’s integration with Microsoft Sentinel provided real-time threat visibility and streamlined operations. With CloudGuard managing 1633 alert responses effortlessly, Amazon Filters can focus on what truly matters – growing their business.

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CloudGuard protects many businesses within legal services. Let’s talk about how we can help secure your business and reduce cyber risks.