The NCSC Cyber Threat Report: UK Legal Sector is a report published by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). It aims to help law firms, lawyers and legal practices understand current cyber security threats, and the extent to which and the extent to which they affect the legal sector. A new update to the report is now available.
The report reveals that cyber criminals stole more than £11 million of client money 2016-17. It also offers practical guidance to help firms put relevant protection in place.
The report explains the current cyber security threats that are targeting the legal sector. It contains high-profile case studies such as the Mossack Fonseca data breach.
The Mossack Fonseca data breach was a leak of 11.5 million confidential documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. The German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reported the leak first. It exposed more than 214,000 tax havens involving high-profile people, government officials, and entities from 200 different nations. The papers revealed how the rich and powerful use tax havens to hide their wealth. An anonymous source contacted the newspaper to leak the papers.
The report, updated in June 2023, highlights the growing cyber threat to law firms. It aims to help law firms understand current cyber security threats and the extent to which firms present themselves as a target. It also provides practical guidance on how to protect against these threats.
The report highlights that a significant number of law firms reported they had suffered an information security incident last year. The report also provides guidance to help firms protect themselves from cyber threats.
Find out what you can do.
Take a look at our article on cloud security for law firms to see how we can help you. You can also read the full version of the NCSC Cyber Threat Report on the NCSC website.