Monday, April 30, 2012

Study Claims 40% of Law Firms "Don't Know if They've Lost Data"

via [Orange Rag]. An information security study just published by PricewaterhouseCoopers and Iron Mountain includes responses collected from 125 European law firms:

  • "Four in 10 (42%) law firms surveyed across Europe did not know whether or not they had suffered a data breach in the previous three years."
  • "Sensitive and confidential information held by legal firms is at risk of exposure because many do not check whether their employees implement information security measures."
  • "Commenting on the survey results, Christian Toon, head of information security at Iron Mountain Europe said: 'Our information risk study reveals a worrying level of complacency across the legal sector in Europe.'"

Adding color, Frank Maher, a lawyer at Liverpool-based Legal Risk LLP stated: “If you are looking at data protection, law firms are way behind, absolutely no doubt. A few of the largest firms are just about getting it right but the vast majority barely even get to base camp on compliance."

For more detail, see the report summary.

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