Cybersecurity management: Reduce risk and protect your business
Our increasing commercial reliance on cloud-based services and mass data storage solutions means cybersecurity threats from a variety of sources are on the rise. As cyber criminals become more sophisticated in their methods, businesses cannot afford to ignore the risk of a cyber-attack. So, it may be reassuring to know that many cyber-attacks are opportunistic and can be foiled by implementing relatively simple security measures.
We work with businesses across a range of sectors to help them develop an appropriate cybersecurity strategy and manage the risk of cyber-attacks in a proportionate and practical manner. Our work involves:
- Assessing risk to your business based on the sector you work in, the size of your business and the nature of the information you hold.
- Examining the data you hold to ensure you are following GDPR guidance on data retention.
- Undertaking full data audits and disposing of unnecessary data. These audits should be carried out at regular intervals as part of your overall risk management policy.
- Advising on employment practices to ensure you make adequate security checks on staff.
- Providing comprehensive data protection and cybersecurity training to staff.
- Producing protocols for use when engaging with third parties to ensure their systems are data and cyber secure.
- Advising on measures to increase cyber resilience, including advice on use of shared computers, use of encryption, ensuring software is regularly updated and portable devices are handled securely.
- Ensuring you are compliant with any relevant cybersecurity laws and regulations.
- Creating incident response plans that can be activated quickly in the event of a breach.
- Notifying relevant parties in the event of a cyber breach, including the Information Commissioner.
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What are the benefits of getting legal advice on cybersecurity?
Reduce risk of attack on your business
There’s no standardised approach to cybersecurity. To properly manage the risk to your company you need to consider your own situation. What software do you use? How do you manage staff access to data? What training is in place? What opportunities do your IT systems and processes present to hackers? Legal advice from specialist cybersecurity solicitors that focuses on your requirements can quickly identify flaws and examine how risk can be removed or reduced.
Ensure compliance with regulations
Cybercrime poses significant risks not just to individual businesses but also to the economy and infrastructure of the country generally. Unsurprisingly there is now an array of rules and regulations designed to increase cybersecurity. UK companies must comply with the rules relevant to them. Legislation includes the Communications Act, GDPR, the Data Protection Act, the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations and the Computer Misuse Act. Our data protection solicitors can help ensure compliance with these rules, reducing the risk of sanction and any resulting disruption to your business.
Help mitigate penalties resulting from a breach
If a cyber attack results in any significant data breach it will lead to the involvement of the Information Commissioner and any individuals affected may sue you in the civil courts. In all instances being able to demonstrate that you took all appropriate steps to reduce or remove the threat of cybercrime to your business, including investing in specialist legal advice – is an effective way to help lessen any penalty you might face. For example, evidence of good data governance and staff training that we help implement as part of our service demonstrates a willingness to comply with the rules. It’s proof that you are a responsible business that takes the threat of cybercrime seriously and its implications for private data seriously.
Who we help: Businesses seeking to manage the risk of cyber attack
The risk of cyber attack is real. It can affect businesses of all sizes across all sectors. Our team works closely with businesses to reduce risk in a number of ways – from guidance on simple steps individual employees can take to make their working practices more secure, to large- scale data audits and company wide specialist cybersecurity training. We identify the weak links in your data management systems, helping you rectify them and giving you and your staff the confidence to concentrate on your core business, in as safe and secure an environment as possible.
Examples of our work
As BP plan for more home-working, are businesses forgetting the cyber risks?
11 March 2021
BP has reportedly told office-based staff this week that they will be expected to spend two days a week working from home once lockdown restrictions …
Why choose Harper James Solicitors?
Our specialist team of solicitors provides bespoke advice on all areas of data protection and cyber security law. Based on our experience we can help you minimise the threat of cyber- attack, respond rapidly to cyber incidents and advise you on the merits of any claims you may face from individuals. Our knowledge of the ICO and other relevant institutions means we are also in a position to provide realistic guidance on any regulatory intervention you may face.
Beyond your cybersecurity strategy, we can also provide you with a host of integrated legal services for your business. Whether you need help reviewing the terms of a SaaS agreement, or legal advice on a dispute, our integrated team of experienced solicitors can support your business, no matter the commercial legal requirement.
Find out more about the team here:
As a previous partner at DLA Piper, Sarah comes with a rich pedigree in providing expert commercial services for her clients.View profile
IP & Commercial Technology Partner
Before joining us Rob worked for Santander bank as an IP/brand management lawyer and also at Shakespeare Martineau.View profile
Data protection and privacy solicitor
With a wealth of expertise in privacy, data protection, GDPR and cyber-security law, Clive’s distinguished legal career spans three decades in private practice and the public sector.View profile
Rana is a commercial solicitor specialising in commercial contracts, data protection and financial services.View profile
IT & Commercial Solicitor
With over 15 years of in-house experience in the IT sector, Rob specialises in drafting and negotiating all manner of commercial agreements.View profile
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