How law firms can protect themselves and their clients from phishing scams

Over recent years stories of cybercriminals scamming the clients of law firms have become increasingly more prevalent. Last year The Guardian reported on a bereaved daughter who lost one-third of her inheritance after her solicitor’s email was hackedand The Law Society Gazette is now warning law firms to be on the lookout for phishing and vishing attacks.

Sadly, legal practices are a lucrative target for cybercriminals due to the size of the sums of money that they deal with. The sting usually begins with a simple phishing email which provides the criminals with access to email and client records. With that information available, fraudsters can then begin impersonating a firm with fraudulent emails.

While it is always vital to make sure that anyone asking for transaction records is emailing from a genuine email address and that two-factor authentication be deployed for any internet-based access, User Awareness Training and Cyber Essentials certification accreditation can help raise the whole companies understanding of Cyber crime and approach to protecting client information.

LP Networks’User Awareness Training can be tailored to suit the needs of each law firm and uses a variety of resources to ensure that user cyber awareness is up to date. Our training programmes include mock attacks and interactive web-based training, combined with continuous assessment through simulated cyberattacks. The training is also supported by regular reports so you can evaluate its effectiveness and pinpoint knowledge gaps. 

A User Awareness Testing Programme can also be used as evidence for Cyber Essentials accreditation, something that is now recommended for any law firms seeking to apply for the Lexcel legal practice quality mark.

With hacks of law firms more frequently making the national press, any steps that legal practices take to protect the information and assets of their clients will always have a positive impact on their reputation.

If you represent a law firm and would like to discuss User Awareness Training or Cyber Essentials accreditation, please get in touch with one of our team.

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