Tip #26 – Proactive Protection

We’ve addressed the detection of compromised passwords and what to do if your credentials are stolen. Now it’s time to play offense and use proactive measures to avoid future catastrophes.

True cybersecurity isn’t about limiting damage but preventing breaches and losses from occurring. With the right strategy and professionals in place, you can shed fear and focus instead on your firm.

There’s no magic wand to banish the bad guys, it takes layers of overlapping protection: insulation, education, monitoring, and contingencies are all mission-critical components. Make sure your law firm security stack includes each one.

Insulation: Integrated password management automatically ensures (and securely stores) unique passwords that isolate compromised credentials while implementing multi-factor authentication quickly retires passwords that have leaked.

Education: Humans are the weakest link in any cybersecurity plan, and today’s sophisticated phishing and fraud tactics make it crucial to keep staff on their toes. Training programs should be interesting enough to retain attention, spaced apart, so they aren’t ignored and backed by unannounced simulations to verify lessons have been learned.

Monitoring: An initial audit identifies existing weak spots, and regular risk assessments keep everything fine-tuned. Proactive probing, coupled with testing and installing security updates, helps defeat emerging new threats. Regularly scanning the Dark Web keeps tabs on credentials to make certain your identity remains safe.

Contingencies: It’s impossible to guarantee absolute protection, so any realistic approach prepares for problems. Established security protocols should provide guidance in case of a breach, while offsite data backups keep your files secure and cyber insurance shields you from liability.

Cybersecurity threats aren’t simple, and neither are defenses against them. It’s true there’s no magic wand of protection, but luckily there is a single turnkey solution: Security+.

Our meticulously assembled 8-layer strategy features best-in-class versions of every element listed above. Better yet, your protection is maintained and monitored by a remote team with unparalleled small-firm experience and the ability to supply big-firm licenses and policies on a solo practitioner’s budget (starting < $200 month).

Don’t be a frightened sheep hoping hacker wolves decide to dine on a neighbor…count sheep instead, resting easily at night knowing you’re fully protected. Guard your firm, guard your finances, guard your reputation and clients by signing up with Security+ today.

Tom Lambotte is the CEO and Founder of Security+, an all-in-one security solution for solo and small firm lawyers. They provide leadership and direction to transform law firm operations and boost profits by leveraging technology.

Tom’s methods are based on over a decade of research, testing, and real-world refinement of best practices, working directly with law firms. Tom is the author of Hassle Free Mac IT Support for Law Firms and Legal Boost: Big Profits Through an IT Transformation and has a forthcoming book being published by the ABA Law Practice Division titled Macs in Law. He is a highly sought after speaker at national events such as the ABA Techshow and MacTrack Legal.

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