As a law firm, you deal with confidential client data every day. Not only do you need to maintain billing compliance, you also have to keep up with privacy regulations for your clients. If you’re worried that your law firm’s security isn’t up to current standards, a security audit is an excellent idea. A security audit will ensure that you are protecting that confidential client data at the highest possible level.
What is a Security Audit?
During a security audit, your firm’s layers of security will be tested. Depending on the type of audit you choose, this may include both internal work on your network, applications, and website and an evaluation of the physical security of your firm. Auditors may talk with employees, send emails, see how easy it is to get to the machines in your firm, and more.
Does Your Law Firm Need a Security Audit?
Most facilities need an annual security audit and that’s especially true for businesses that handle confidential information, like law firms. IT security professionals use the specific tools of their trade to evaluate the needs of your firm. This includes updating applications with known security problems as well as tightening your physical security. If your practice has any of these signs or symptoms, you’ll know that you’re past due for that critical audit.
Sign #1: You’ve Recently Suffered an Attack
If you’ve recently had a virus or ransomware infiltrate your system, it’s time for a security audit. Your auditor may not be able to trace the initial attack back to its source, but they can likely determine how those hackers made it into your system. They can then close the hole so that you won’t be vulnerable to future attacks.
Sign #2: Your Software Updates Are Out of Date
When was the last time you updated your software? Are there obsolete applications still in use throughout your firm? Chances are, you’re using some software–and maybe even some hardware–that hasn’t been updated in a while. Unfortunately, this can pose significant cybersecurity risks. An audit can help determine where the weak spots are for your company.
Sign #3: Your Staff Needs More Training
Your staff has to learn plenty of things in order to offer your clients the highest possible level of service. In order to continue protecting them, it’s important that the entire staff be trained in appropriate security measures. From learning when to delete an email instead of clicking on an internal link to creating adequate passwords that will help increase security, training your entire staff–legal assistants, paralegals, lawyers, and anyone else who works for the firm–will help protect critical data.
Sign #4: You’ve Never Gone Beyond Compliance
Maintaining compliance is critical to your law practice. Unfortunately, simple compliance isn’t enough to keep your clients’ confidential data truly safe. Hackers come up with new ways to infiltrate systems every day, and many government regulations lag well behind the times. By working with a security auditor, however, you can ensure that your firm is able to go beyond compliance regulations in order to utilize real security.
A security audit is one of the most effective ways to protect your law firm and ensure that your vital data is secure. If you’re ready to conduct an audit or want to know more about the process and how it can benefit you, contact us today.