Cybersecurity and data privacy have become major issues in recent years. According to Breach Level Index, over 210,000 data records are lost or stolen every hour, which amounts to more than five million each year.
As a result, most people are very selective about the companies they do business with – including law firms. They want to know that any digital information they share is kept safe and out of the hands of cybercriminals.
For that reason, securing website data should be one of your top priorities in 2018. Here are some of the top strategies for increasing cybersecurity.
Michael Bruemmer, vice president of Experian Data Breach Resolution explains that “About 80 percent of all the breaches we service have a root cause in some type of employee negligence.” Often issues simply stem from a lack of security awareness on the part of an employee.
One of the most common examples is a phishing attack where a cyber criminal attempts to gain sensitive information such as passwords, user names or financial data by posing as a trustworthy entity on email. Small Business Trends reports that a staggering “97 percent of people cannot identify a sophisticated phishing email.”
By properly educating your employees on at least the fundamentals of cybersecurity, you can significantly reduce your chances of a data breach occurring. Check out this resource from Kaspersky for more on this.
Get an SSL Certificate
A secure socket layer (or SSL certificate) ensures that the information exchanged between a website and browser is encrypted and therefore secure. If you haven’t done so already, you’ll want to get an SSL certificate to safeguard sensitive data and prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. You can do so by going through a variety of vendors such as Verisign or Instant SSL.
Perform Penetration Testing
Also known as pen testing, this is a process where registered ethical hackers attempt to identify flaws or vulnerabilities in your website or general network. For example, they might discover that your database is vulnerable to an SQL injection where a hacker can insert a piece of malicious code into it.
From there, they’ll be able to generate reports on the specific vulnerabilities along with recommendations on how to fix them. Ideally, you’ll have pen testing done routinely because cybersecurity isn’t a one off type of deal. In order to have pen testing done, you can go through a private vendor or use one of these tools.
Control User Access
Finally, it’s wise to create parameters that dictate who has access to sensitive data. By creating checkpoints, you reduce the likelihood of an attack from a malicious insider and are able to keep tabs on overall website information.
Some examples include:
- Using multi-factor authentication
- Session management (software automatically logs out after a period of idle time)
- Using strong passwords that are periodically updated
Securing website data is absolutely essential in 2018. Not only is it necessary from a legal standpoint (e.g. data protection and regulation laws), it’s vital for converting leads into clients. By getting serious about cybersecurity, you can run your legal site more efficiently and dramatically reduce the odds of a data breach.
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