Nelsons Solicitors Data Breach – Solicitors Firm Hacked
Derby based business, Nelsons solicitors has been hit with a data breach. Confidential data such as clients’ personal data has been accessed in a cyber attack.
Worried your business could be at risk of a data breach? Here’s how you can mitigate and prevent risk of a cyber attack.
Nelsons Solicitors Data Breach Story
The Derby Legal firm, Nelsons Solicitors, suffered a data breach, which exposed their confidential data such as client’s personal details.
Clients of the solicitors firm say they’ve received notice that their details have been accessed by cyber criminals. One says they’ve been informed that their confidential information which includes details about their identification has been hijacked.
The firm has informed the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) about the cyber attack. An ICO spokesperson said: “We are aware of the reported cyber incident involving Nelson’s Solicitors Limited and are currently making further enquires with the organisation.”
Nelsons Solicitors are trying to help and look after their clients as much as possible, a quote from themselves state: “It is our goal to support those impacted by the cyber security incident in the best way possible. We therefore put experts in place to best answer questions and offer tailored advice. In the notification letters, we also offered additional support through proactive fraud assistance, resolution services, and fraud resolution insurance reimbursement”.
To see more quotes from both Nelsons Solicitors and the ICO, you can read The Derby Telegraphs story here.
There is likely to be a fine issued at the end of the investigation but the amount will be based on several factors.
They will look at how much effort was applied by Nelsons to mitigate the risks of the data breach in the first place.
How to lower the Risk of a Data Breach
After seeing the news about the Nelsons Solicitors data breach, you might be worried that your business could be at risk of a cyber attack. Here are the best tips and practises to help mitigate the risk of a data breach.
Cyber Security Awareness
Make sure all employees within the business are upto date and provided with Cyber Security awareness training.
Keep Software Updated
Update software on all devices as quickly as possible when a vulnerability has been discovered and patched.
Have a team of experts who monitor all activity for potential anomalies which could suggest someone attempting to breach security.
Use a secure password manager (Not the saved password option in a browser) and make every password unique and complex with a minimum of 15 characters.
Utilise endpoint protection software and application whitelisting to mitigate the risk of malicious software.
Where do I Start?
That list of Cyber Security practises my seem like a lot of stuff, leaving you thinking where to start?
Everything listed above is provided by Reformed IT as standard when a business signs up for Managed IT Services with us.
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