Why Law Firms Urgently Need to Encrypt Mobile Devices

in STEMGeeks2 months ago

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2020 saw a rapid increase in the use of mobile devices in the workplace.

The pandemic forced an acceleration of the digital transformation in all industries. Law firms were no exception.

They’re managing their legal work digitally like never before.

And the good news for many of them is that it has led to making their workflow more efficient.

The worrying thing is that whilst many law firms have willingly adopted mobile tech, most of them haven’t been as diligent when it comes to mobile security...

Alarming research from Kaspersky Lab has found that 52 percent of people do not password-protect their mobile devices, and only 22 percent of consumers use anti-theft solutions on their phones.

Seems crazy right?

And yet most devices today have things like fingerprint or face-recognition as standard.

So why is it that people are so lax when it comes to mobile device security?

It seems old habits die hard for the majority of people.

But the good news is there are some simple things that you can do to protect your firm against the risks of mobile device security…

As we highlighted in our recent eBook ‘The Top 5 Tech Mistakes Lawyers Make’, here’s the key things you need to keep your mobiles devices secure:

  • Start by encrypting all mobile devices individual firm employees use. This will help protect data and system security in the event of theft or loss.
  • Implement a bring-your-own-device technology policy. This should require users to install encryption.
  • Install remote monitoring to ensure best practices, plus, this technology can make it easy to remotely wipe clean any device reported missing.

These are simple yet highly effective ways to prevent cyber-attacks that you can implement immediately.

If you’d like to discuss how IT Policy and ITSM Processes could help you with implementing changes like these and more, then get in touch with me today or head on over to the ITSM RHINO.

If you haven’t read our eBook guide yet, here’s the link again ‘The Top 5 Tech Mistakes Lawyers Make’.

My next post will be about why not using 2FA should be a felony 😄.

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It was real eye opener to see that so many lawyers dont use the passwords to protect the devices. Its coming from kaspersky means it should be a serious issue.

For sure, but I think coming from any vendor it should be taken seriously and frankly is something most IT pros already know should be a part of a security policy and information security processes.

As a lawyer and a technologist I've been saying to other lawyers for ages that lawyer's ethical obligations for client confidentiality meant that we needed to take security and encryption very seriously.

Hopefully some have been listening for the sake of their clients.