There is no doubt that every day technology is expanding and improving. Twenty years ago, the idea of the iPhone, which we now hold in the palm of our hand, would have seemed unfathomable against the chunky desktop computer and dial-up modem we were so used to. But with every positive and progressive technological advancement comes something else – a new and more advanced threat to our cyber security. Taking care of your cyber security defences, both for your business and for your own personal interests, is now more important than ever before.
Our reliance on online technology has certainly made daily working life a lot easier. Communication, data sharing, data storage, tracking and analysis are considerably easier and significantly quicker than ever before. However, this does come with a price, and we must all be well prepared for the increasing possibility of being targeted by cyber attacks. The more we utilise online services and expand our networks, the more entry-points there are for cyber criminals.
New Advanced Cyber Threats
Essential cyber security defences go above and beyond what we do in the workplace and our own homes. These days, the government is hugely concerned with how hackers from hostile states are looking to attack and disable the country’s most confidential systems as part of the continual threat posed by spying and terrorism. One particularly high profile case was the attack on the NHS, using the newly developed WannaCry ransomware. The damage caused in this instance was relatively minor when compared to the full potential of such malicious attacks.
The two types of cyber security attacks to be aware of are data security breaches and sabotage. This second type of attack can include things like denial of service attacks and attempts to disable and break down systems and infrastructures. The WannaCry NHS attack was a combined threat, leaving thousands of people’s sensitive data exposed. The new threats which we see evolving are harder to predict, harder to detect, and present a persistent threat. With more and more of our household appliances, personal gadgets, and even our transport being run by computer networks, we are opening more aspects of our lives to a potential data breach.
Protect Others By Investing In Cyber Security Defences
Cyber security defences are particularly important for legal chambers. The data you hold concerns not only your barristers and employees, but every one of your clients. Surprisingly, the Global Risks 2015 report showed that 90% of companies around the world believed they were insufficiently prepared to protect themselves against cyber attackers. Being under prepared and under protected risks much more than your business. It has far wider reaching implications, with the global economy potentially under threat too.
Luckily, in the UK and Europe the run-up to the implementation of GDPR has helped UK businesses to look at their cyber security defences and how their data is shared and protected. There is still a long way to go, however, to make sure our defences are continually improved upon and to ensure businesses stay one step ahead of the malicious technology that surrounds us.
Get Expert Services to Boost Your Chambers’ Security
CBSIT are leading specialists in all aspects of IT relating specifically to legal chambers. As such, we know the best ways to protect your confidential data and guarantee that you will always meet regulatory standards of protection. We understand the ins-and-outs of GDPR and the biggest cyber crime threats facing law firms, allowing us to advise you on a tailor-made cyber security strategy.
Our services include: a discussion and analysis of your current security strategy and systems; advice on legal requirements and regulations; installation and maintenance of the latest security systems; and the implementation of strict policies and working practices.
You can visit our website at cbsit.co.uk to find out more about the range of IT services we offer, or call us today on 020 3355 7334 to discuss how we can improve your IT systems and cyber security.