The legal sector has become a prime target for cyberattacks. The UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) on 22 June released its cyber threat report specifically focussed on the UK legal industry, revealing the latest threat statistics and highlighting the urgent need for law firms to strengthen their security defences.

The report outlines the main types of cyber attack threatening the legal industry today – from ransomware incidents to phishing and other malware attacks. Smaller firms without dedicated cyber security and IT support are given a special mention. These firms are increasingly vulnerable to attacks and should take note. Also if your firm is relying on third-parties to secure the systems that hold your critical data, do you know – categorically – that they have adequate data protection and security procedures in place?