In an article in Computing News last year about the warning ICO issued to the legal profession after a series of data breaches, Richard Anstey, CTO EMEA for collaboration tools provider Intralinks, was asked for his input on ICO’s top tips for barristers and solicitors. He said the following:
“instead of ensuring email is encrypted or password-protected, solicitors should not use email at all”
You can read what he recommends using instead in the article in Computing News.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has reported that in 2014, nearly 70% of UK law firms reported a cyber security incident.
Read more: here.
The first half of the article focuses on bogus law firms. The second paragraph under the ad is about how cyber crime affects law firms.
Uber Technologies – not a law firm – has billions at its disposal; that allowed it to do some investigating that enabled it to file a John Doe lawsuit after its recently reported hacking incident. Which it discovered about half a year after the fact and then kept silent about for another six months. Give or take a few days.
ICO, the Information Commissioner’s office, issued a warning last year after several data breaches at law firms.
According to the ICO, there were fifteen reported incidents of data breaches in the legal profession within a period of three months.
You can read more about it in this article in the online magazine Computing News and on
this article on the ICO website as well as in this pdf file by ICO.
- How many legal professionals have ever built a computer from scratch? I have. It worked fine right away, too. (To my own amazement.)
- How many legal professionals were taught a little bit of computer programming at university? I was.