Legal firms are among the top three targets for cyber criminals looking for access to sensitive data which can then be exploited or sold on for financial reward.
A Verizon report suggested that 90% of successful cyberattacks were as a result of human error.
Being cyber resilient is just as much about your people as it is your technology. In recognition of the fact, the Cyber Essentials certification service was developed and launched to…
- Help companies identify threats,
- Implement the right security controls, and
- Install the right culture within a company
…so that they could defend against electronic attacks from outside or within.
Accredited by CREST and engaged by CESG (part of GCHQ), an increasing number of legal firms are pursuing Cyber Essentials certification to protect their systems and data from attack and to provide reassurance to their clients.
Cyber Essentials for legal firms
Being cyber resilient show clients and staff how seriously you take the protection of their sensitive data. The best way to demonstrate this is by displaying your compliance to and membership of the Cyber Essentials scheme.
What is Cyber Essentials? Cyber Essentials is a charter mark, backed by the government and supported by the IT industry. The systems you put in place as a result of Cyber Essentials helps protect your legal firm from online threats, internal bad actors and cyberattacks. It’s a clear demonstration to the clients who work with your company that you take data security and confidentiality seriously.
Sprout IT has worked with a number of London and South East legal firms to assist them with all aspects of meeting and exceeding the requirement of Cyber Essentials certification. Once your firm has passed, you can display the Cyber Essentials logo on your website and stationery.
Cyber Essentials requirements
Cyber Essentials is based around achieving the government’s ten steps to cybersecurity. If your business can demonstrate that you have met these prescribed standards, then your firm will receive your Cyber Essentials certification.
Those ten essentials are:
- Network security (protection from cyberattack and defending your network perimeter)
- User education and awareness
- Malware prevention (phishing, viruses, ransomware)
- Removable media controls
- Secure configuration (security patches, knowing every part of your IT system, and so on)
- Managing user privileges (including monitoring user activity, audit logs and more)
- Incident management (disaster recovery and business continuity)
- Monitoring (of systems, networks, and users)
- Home and mobile working (including protect data where the devise has been lost or stolen)
- Establishing your risk management regime
Why it’s important to be Cyber Essentials certified
When you first begin work with Sprout IT towards Cyber Essentials certification, it sends a message to your staff that the firm takes data protection very seriously and as a business priority. As a culture of cybersecurity forms and embeds itself among your colleague, the risk of any breach diminishes greatly when backed up by Sprout IT’s technology and expert-led services.
No cybersecurity breaches mean no downtime. When a particular sophisticated attack is underway, Cyber Essentials and Sprout IT will prevent catastrophic data loss and put a per-agreed business continuity program into place. In the very unlikely event of a breach, Sprout IT will support you and your colleagues in minimising any financial, legal, or reputational loss.
Cyber Essentials is an increasingly important point of differentiation for legal firms. No matter who your client is – from a high net worth individual a FTSE 100 company – clients want to be sure that their decision to trust you with their sensitive data was a correct one.
Third, more and more public-sector organisations, departments, and large companies are beginning to require suppliers who work with their data to be Cyber Essentials certified.
How Sprout IT assists legal firms in gaining Cyber Essentials certification
When we meet, we’ll perform a thorough audit of all your current arrangements.
We’ll present you with our findings in full; highlighting areas where you’re at or near Cyber Essentials standards and where there is still work to do.
If you then decide to go ahead and pursue certification through Sprout IT, we’ll start our work – aiming to take your firm to the desired end point as quickly and as diligently as possible to Cyber Essentials’ standards.
Costs you incur in Cyber Essentials certification will be returned in the form of greater profitability, higher productivity, and protection from cyberattacks.
Sprout IT and Cyber Essentials Plus
The standard Cyber Essentials certification requires you to complete a self-assessment questionnaire. Your responses are then reviewed by an external certifying body prior to award.
A higher level of award is Cyber Essentials Plus. The tests at this level are the same as Cyber Essential but, with the Plus scheme, your systems are assessed by an external certifying body using a wide range of tools and techniques to test compliance and robustness.
Contact Sprout IT about Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus
Sprout IT works with solicitors’ practices and barristers’ chambers across London and the South East. To speak with one of our team about achieving Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus certification, please call us on 020 7036 8530 or email us or find out more about the certification here.