The Importance of Cyber Security for Practitioners and Legal Practice
Maintenance of cyber security continues to be a widespread issue among the legal sector. Targeted cyber-crime is becoming more common among small businesses, including law firms, worldwide.
It is necessary that practitioners educate themselves in cyber security due to the reliance and use of technology in the legal sector. It is vital practitioners understand how these cyber-attacks occur and how to minimise or protect themselves (or the company) against them.
Failure to take appropriate steps to protect and impose proper cyber security practices includes a risk of breaching your professional obligations as a legal practitioner in South Australia (under the Australian Solicitors' Conduct Rules).
If you have any inquiry regarding your professional obligations as a practitioner in this section, please contact the Society's Ethics and Practice Unit on 8229 0229.
The Law Society Provides a suite of Cybersecurity documents and checklists (available only to those insured under the SA Professional Indemnity Insurance Scheme).
More information on cybersecurity is available on the Australian Cyber Security Centre website. Consider signing up for the ACSC alert service for the latest cybersecurity news and vulnerabilities.
Click here to access LSSA Cybersecurity Resources* (requires sign in)
*Available only to those insured under the SA Professional Indemnity Insurance Scheme.
Source: Law Council Of Australia
The Law Council has a variety of general checklists to ensure your practice has sufficient cyber security mechanisms. You can refer to them by clicking the links below.
Please note these are not exhaustive lists. The Society recommends you seek independent advice from cyber security professionals due to the complexity of cyber crime: