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Law firms and legal teams are a prime target for cybercriminals because of the valuable and sensitive information they handle every day. Without a strong cybersecurity strategy in place, this information is at a high risk of being exposed and causing serious reputational and financial damage.
Legal teams handle massive amounts of confidential data every day including Personally Identifiable Information (PII), financial records, intellectual property and other critical business records. Team members also have to disclose and share sensitive documents with third parties for discovery and investigations that require access to systems and logins to be shared.
Because of this, the legal sector faces a higher risk of password reuse, weak passwords, excessive permissions, open access and the absence of Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). Insider threats from employees who intentionally or unknowingly compromise cybersecurity are also constantly present.
Although increasingly stringent regulations require certain controls to maintain compliance around the secure exchange of sensitive information, many legal practices rely heavily on external IT service providers and use outdated systems with security vulnerabilities.
In recent years, high-profile cyber attacks against law firms have highlighted the pervasive threat to legal staff and sensitive data.
Celebrity law firm Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks suffered a ransomware attack by the REvil group demanding $42 million to prevent the release of the documents to the public.
Criminal law firm Tuckers Solicitors LLP suffered a large breach of client data including sensitive court bundles which are published on the dark web.
New York City’s Law Department had the records of thousands of its legal staff compromised, resulting in serious delays to court proceedings.
UK firm Simplify Group suffered a major breach that delayed completions, reduced new transactions and reportedly cost the firm several million.
Global firm Proskauer Rose suffered a data breach with over 184,000 files containing “private and privileged financial and legal documents.”
Australian law firm HWL Ebsworth suffered a ransomware attack by ALPHV/Blackcat which accessed over 4TB of personal and organizational information.
Keeper Security is a perfect solution for legal teams that frequently share sensitive documents, have access to internal systems with highly confidential information and need to protect private client information.
With Keeper, legal teams can: