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Law firm cybersecurity: how MSPs can help mitigate cyber risks

08/03/2023 minute read OneAdvanced PR

Law firms hold vast amounts of confidential and sensitive data, making them an attractive target for cybercriminals. In recent years, the legal industry has witnessed a significant rise in cyber-attacks, emphasizing the pressing need for law firms to prioritize cybersecurity. As technology advances, cybercriminal tactics evolve, as evidenced by alarming cybersecurity statistics. We'll delve into the importance of cybersecurity for law firms, uncover the different risks posed by cyber-attacks, and shed light on how Managed Service Providers (MSPs) can step in as invaluable allies, helping law firms effectively counter these ever-evolving threats while safeguarding their sensitive data and maintaining the trust of their clients.

Common cyber threats facing law firms

Law firms have access to a wealth of valuable information, which is why they’ve become a prime target for cybercriminals. They face various cyber threats, including phishing attacks, ransomware, and insider threats. Cybercriminals often use social engineering tactics to trick employees into divulging sensitive information or downloading malware, which can result in the compromise of confidential client data, financial loss, and reputational damage.

Furthermore, the swift transition to hybrid working models has also necessitated a significant increase in the speed of technology adoption and agile IT environments. Consequentially, organisations also now have wider attack surfaces, making cybersecurity more important than ever.

60% of legal firms feel that they are at a greater risk of cyberattacks due to hybrid working (Advanced Legal Trends Survey 2022)

Consequences of a cyber attack

When a law firm falls victim to a cyber attack, the aftermath can be pretty dire, both in terms of finances and reputation. Financially, data breaches can lead to substantial losses. These losses result from expenses tied to responding to the incident, potential legal issues, and the looming threat of fines.

However, the impact goes far beyond just money matters. The damage to a law firm's reputation can be overwhelmingly negative. Once trust is broken, it's a tough task to rebuild. A tarnished reputation may drive away both existing and potential clients. This, in turn, doesn't only affect the law firm; it extends its reach to the clients themselves. Their confidential information hangs in the balance, putting their trust and personal data at risk. This can lead to significant harm for them and create complex legal and ethical dilemmas.

Mitigating the risk of attack

Organisations are increasingly working with Managed Service Providers (MSPs) for their cybersecurity needs, recognising that managing this internally can be a complex and time-consuming task. MSPs bring specialized expertise, state-of-the-art technology, and the ability to proactively monitor and mitigate risks, allowing organisations to focus on their core objectives while maintaining robust cybersecurity measures.

Working with an MSP for enhanced security measures can offer a range of benefits for businesses and IT managers. For one, MSPs can provide access to advanced technology and expertise that may be too expensive or complex for businesses to implement on their own. MSPs can also save businesses time and resources by managing security tasks, allowing IT managers to focus on other priorities.

MSPs can help law firms improve their cybersecurity posture by conducting security assessments, implementing security protocols, and providing employee training. MSPs can also help law firms monitor their network for suspicious activity, implement security measures to protect against cyber threats, and ensure that all software is up-to-date and patched so you don't have to worry.

Advanced's Cyber Security Services can lift your capacity burden and provide stronger security at greater value. We do this with our proactive threat intelligence, dedicated teams of experienced security professionals and our ‘Everything’s Covered’ approach to keeping your people and data safe. We can give you that piece of mind that your environment is secure, whilst reducing the risk of a breach which can cause unrecoverable reputational and financial damage.

Best practices for law firms to protect against cyber attacks

In addition to partnering with an MSP, there are several best practices that law firms can implement to safeguard themselves against cyber-attacks. These proactive measures include utilising robust and unique passwords, implementing multi-factor authentication for an added layer of security, and establishing a routine data backup system.

Furthermore, it is imperative for law firms to invest in comprehensive cybersecurity training for all employees to equip them with the knowledge and skills to identify and respond to potential threats effectively. Additionally, ensuring that all software applications are consistently updated and patched serves as a critical defence against vulnerabilities and potential cyber intrusions. By adopting these best practices, law firms can significantly enhance their cybersecurity posture and minimise the risk of cyberattacks.


Cyber-attacks on law firms are becoming increasingly common and can have severe consequences. MSPs can play a crucial role in helping law firms mitigate these risks by providing expert cybersecurity support. It is essential for law firms to take proactive steps to protect against cyber-attacks, including implementing best practices and considering working with an MSP for round-the-clock protection.

By implementing cybersecurity best practices, such as stringent passwords, multi-factor authentication, regular data backups, and comprehensive staff training, firms can fortify their defences.

In today's evolving digital landscape, a proactive approach is indispensable. Combining the proficiency of MSPs with these cybersecurity protocols ensures the security of sensitive legal data and sustains clients' trust. Law firms must remain vigilant, keeping pace with cybersecurity challenges, to navigate the contemporary legal landscape with confidence and resilience.

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