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FAQ: How to evaluate potential cyber risks in a law firm

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The Law Society’s Practice Advice Service shares information on assessing potential cyber risks

I am the firm’s COLP and am in the process of carrying out an audit in the firm to help me to evaluate possible cyber risks. Has the Law Society any information that could assist me?

The Law Society’s Cyber Security Toolkit contains useful information on cyber risks and also has a risk assessment audit questionnaire which will assist you in identifying areas of risk within your firm. It has concise information on mitigating cyber security risks as well as information on how to manage a cyber security breach.

For further information, please see:

The National Cyber Security Centre provides further information on cyber security. Key areas include:

  • Cyber Aware which provides cyber security advice for small businesses and individuals. 
  • Cyber Essentials which is a government backed scheme to guide businesses in protecting themselves against cyber threats. 

Cyber Security information Sharing Partnership (CiSP) which allows members from across sectors and organisations to exchange information about cyber security threats. The Law Society can sponsor your membership (which is free). For further details please contact the Practice Advice Service, on 020 7320 5675 or email at practiceadvice@lawsociety.org.uk

This FAQ is compiled by the Law Society’s Practice Advice Service telephone 0207 320 5675. Comments relating to it should be sent to Mrs Anjali Mouelhi, Practice Advice Service Manager, The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in the FAQ, it does not constitute legal advice and cannot be relied upon as such. The Law Society does not accept any responsibility for liabilities arising as a result of reliance upon the information given.

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