The term "attorney-client privilege," often heard in crime procedurals on TV, speaks of the level of confidentiality that exists in the legal sector. Due to the nature of their work protecting organizations and individuals, law firms receive and handle some of the most sensitive information in the world. Unfortunately, this makes them a prime target for hackers who want to infiltrate their networks and steal that information. The goal of these cybercriminals is usually to sell that data to interested parties or to restrict access to their targets’ own networks, which for law firms can be crippling.
Since 2014, an investigation revealed that over 100 law firms have notified authorities of data breaches, and this number only encompasses 14 states. Major law firms, mid-size firms, solo practitioners, and even law schools were affected by these attacks, which goes to show that no one is safe from cyber crime. Given its scope, a good place to start mitigating the issue is by identifying the biggest risks. Here are the leading cybersecurity threats that law professionals should know: