2016 Research – Cyber Attacks on Law Firms Increasing
Date: Jan 23, 2017
73% of top 100 law firms targeted in 2016
The 2016 PwC Law Firms Survey reports that an increasing number of security incidents are being experienced across the UK legal sector. The research found that 73% of the UK top 100 law firms were the target of attacks last year.
Although larger firms are the greatest target, all law firms are targets for cyber-crime due to the confidential information held and the large volume of client funds retained. The very nature of law firms makes them an attractive target.
* Information security is a significant area of risk to the legal industry with 73% of all law firms reporting they had suffered from a security incident.
* The most common incidents relate to phishing attacks (malicious emails) and infection by viruses/malicious software, with 84% and 55% of firms respectively stating they have suffered one such incident during the past 12 months.
* Whilst there is an increasing threat from outsiders, 41% of all law firms report that they have suffered incidents as a result of their own staff.
Security awareness training and and simulated, random cyber-attack testing is proven to actually change staff behaviour and build a human firewall of vigilant, empowered employees.