Cyber security in the legal sector

The following Practice Compliance practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Cyber security in the legal sector
  • Headline facts and figures
  • Why are law firms targeted?
  • Cyber threats to the legal sector
  • Email modification fraud
  • Spyware
  • Phishing
  • Data breaches
  • Ransomware
  • Denial of service attacks
  • More...

Cyber security in the legal sector

This Practice Note summarises key points from the first legal threat report published by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), and incorporates data from the SRA’s Cyber Security thematic review, published September 2020.

The NCSC report was compiled with the assistance of:

  1. the NCSC’s in-house cyber security experts and NCSC-sponsored Industry 100 scheme

  2. the Law Society

  3. the SRA

  4. Action Fraud (the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre), and

  5. the National Crime Agency (NCA)

Headline facts and figures

The cyber threat to the UK legal sector is significant and the number of reported incidents has grown substantially over the last few years.

Key statistics on the fraud and cyber crimes reported to Action Fraud are now available in a configurable, interactive dashboard through clicking this link.

These dashboards have been designed to allow users to quickly identify the most commonly reported fraud and cyber crimes, and filter by police forces in the UK where the reporting victim resides. They also allow users to look in a little more detail at the types of victims reporting, the way they report, and the estimated overall losses based on reporting figures. The data is updated each month and covers a 13-month period so the current month can be compared to the same month last year.

The financial and reputational impact of cyber attacks on law firms is

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