Cybersecurity – how can an organisation protect itself?

Cybersecurity – how can an organisation protect itself?

13998514 - digital binary data protected by the security systemWhen it comes to cybersecurity, it is not a question of ‘if’ but ‘when’ a cyberattack will happen. So how can an organisation best protect itself? On 21 June 2016, the LexisNexis In-house Advisory Board met to discuss the challenges of cybersecurity and the role of education and communication in helping to prepare against a threat.

The session, facilitated by Marc Dautlich, partner in the TMT group and Head of the Information Law team at Pinsent Masons, opened with an exploration of how cybersecurity attacks range in scale and how that affects an organisation’s response. It is crucial to be able to deal with any attack in such a way that financial and reputational damage is kept to a minimum.

Education and communication

The Board members discussed the importance of running simulations and awareness campaigns to educate employees as the first line of defence. Such initiatives help the organisation prepare as much as possible for a cyberattack, and can include, for example, sending fake phishing emails to ascertain employees’ responses. Can they det

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About the author:
Sophie Gould is the Head of Lexis®PSL In-house. Sophie worked as an in-house lawyer for 10 years including seven years as Head of Legal for Virgin Radio and Ginger Media Group. She has also run a legal risk and compliance training business.


Since joining LexisNexis in 2009 Sophie has worked on developing our legal and business content for the in-house legal community.  She also runs various networking and mentoring groups for in-house lawyers and works with schools to promote social mobility within the legal profession.