For the legal industry to effectively address the rising threat of online scams, cyber awareness training amongst staff must act as its first-line of defence, according to business continuity and disaster recovery service provider Databarracks. This follows recent findings from the Law Society, which revealed that more than a quarter of law firms in England and Wales were targeted by fraudsters last year, with most of the attempted scams taking place online.
Peter Groucutt, managing director for Databarracks comments: “It’s unsurprising to hear that the legal sector is vulnerable to online attacks. The fast-paced nature of the industry combined with the high-volume of email traffic means that it only takes one person to open an unsolicited email and attachment to compromise an entire organisation.
“The Law Society is right to highlight this growing threat and also encourage firms to review risk management practices, but importantly, senior management teams within these firms shouldn’t make the mistake of assuming that this is solely a technology issue that needs to be addressed. For any organisation, the first-line of defence against cyber threats starts with your staff and this must be supported with effective cyber awareness training.”