Data Loss Prevention (DLP) for Law Firms
Protect your law firm's reputation and prevent security breaches with DLP
Companies in the legal industry collect, process, and store vast amounts of sensitive data as part of the services they offer. Besides personally identifiable information (PII) relating to clients, employees, and partners, law firms and in-house legal teams also collect confidential corporate information such as trade secrets, patents, and intellectual property.
Consequently, they are targeted by opportunistic attackers, nation-state actors, and individuals looking to use confidential client information for insider trading. Besides, employees themselves pose a considerable threat to data security.
Data leaks and data loss can easily happen through common practices such as sharing a client's personal information over an insecure channel, printing sensitive data, or transferring client data to an unencrypted USB drive.
For law firms, there's a lot at stake in terms of damages if a data breach occurs. These include revenue loss, regulatory fines, losing customers and/or their trust, and damaged reputation. A security breach affects not only the law firm’s ability to attract clients in the future but also the reputation of the individual attorneys. As a consequence, companies operating within the legal industry need advanced security measures to protect sensitive information and prevent cyber attacks.
Some of the most common IT compliance requirements and regulations that apply to companies in the legal industry are:
- EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
- American Bar Association's (ABA) Model Rules of Professional Conduct (Formal Opinion 477R and Formal Opinion 483)
- NIST SP 800-53
- California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
- Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)
- Canada's Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act PIPEDA
A Data Loss Prevention tool can secure attorney-client privileged communications and other company-sensitive data against leakage and theft. It can detect potential breaches and insider threats by protecting sensitive data directly from being shared, sent, copied, or printed. In this way, a law firm's security posture is greatly enhanced.
By implementing a DLP solution, companies in the legal industry can gain control over the devices connected to employee laptops, stop sensitive client information from being shared via email and apps, maintain regulatory compliance by scanning for confidential information stored on employee laptops, and more.