If you’ve neglected to heed the warnings this past year, now is the perfect time to educate yourself and others in your firm!
Start by checking out this free internet safety tutorial from the Goodwill Community Foundation website. The tutorial covers all the basics including introduction to internet safety, creating strong passwords, browser security features, how to avoid spam and phishing, how to handle malware, the importance of social media safety, plus much more! This tutorial is a great way to educate yourself on some of the basic guidelines you haven't implemented in your home or practice yet.
Take a moment to read these 7 Cybersecurity Tips (written specifically) for Lawyers by David Lat of Above the Law and ask , "is there any I'm not doing?" If there is, make a list and act as soon as possible to patch any security holes that may be vulnerable to attacks. Also, check out Dark Reading's What to Watch with Ransomware in 2017 to stay up to date on what ransomware is and how it could affect your firm. Additionally, be sure to review CNA's Cyber Security Practices for Law Firms. If you're still not sure why you should be serious about cybersecurity in your solo or small practice, check out this article from Joseph M. Burton.
While there is so much more to learn about internet safety and cybersecurity, this is a good start. (You have to start somewhere.) Just remember to stay in school and keep heeding the warnings!
Stay up to date with all the latest cyber security information by following SC Bar PMAP on Twitter, the SC Small Firm blog and our website! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help.