• Data security in the legal sector

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    • Data security in the legal sector is an increasing priority and it’s more important than ever to ensure all devices are adequately protected.

      There are a growing number of members of the legal profession being reported to the Information Commisioners Office for data protection issues, and with the ICO having the ability to serve a monetary penalty of up to £500,000 for a serious breach of the Data Protection Act the risks cannot be overlooked.

      The statistics make startling reading; 24 per cent of law firm data breaches are caused by malicious attacks and 75 per cent of all data loss incidents result from human error.

      Open plan offices and hot desking environments are more common than ever, leading to an increased threat of a data breach. It’s easy for an unauthorised individual sitting next to or simply passing by a device to catch a quick glance at confidential on screen information.

      The rise in mobile working also means legal staff are more susceptible to the threat of a data breach when working on or accessing sensitive data in non-secure locations like coffee shops, transport hubs or client premises, giving data thieves’ ample opportunity to sneak a peek at confidential on screen data.

      The Bar Council and Law Society have both recognised the growing issue, with the Bar Council issuing best practice guidelines which include – ‘Where possible, computers should not be placed so that their screens can be overlooked, especially in public places’ and ‘You should use appropriate security technologies suitable for the particular device or application.’

      The 3M range of privacy filters provide a fast and effective way to protect on screen data on laptops, desktop monitors and mobile devices from data thieves. Featuring advanced microlouver technology, 3M Privacy filters block the view of the screen from either side, and in the case of 3M Gold Filters from above too, ensuring all confidential onscreen information is secure.