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Protecting Legal Practices: Cybercrime and Security Breaches

Cybercrime and security breaches pose severe risks to unprepared legal organisations, with potential impacts including:

– Loss of client trust

– Erosion of stakeholder confidence

– Negative media exposure

– And more

 Although it’s impossible to eliminate the risk of a cyber-attack, you can significantly reduce the exposure of your data to such threats. Employing strategic defences is crucial for protecting your legal practice.

The Critical Need for Security in the Legal Sector

Robust data protection measures are essential in the legal profession, where sensitive client information and confidential documents are handled daily. A significant challenge is managing encryption keys securely, especially when multiple users need access. Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) offer an advanced solution, providing secure storage and management of keys within CipherTrust Manager. These devices ensure that keys are properly managed throughout their lifecycle, from creation and use to retirement and replacement.

CipherTrust Manager: Centralised Encryption Key Management 

CipherTrust Manager is a key management solution designed to centralise the administration of encryption keys for the Thales CipherTrust Data Security Platform and third-party products. It simplifies key lifecycle management tasks, including secure key generation, backup/restore, clustering, deactivation, and deletion. CipherTrust Manager enhances compliance and risk management for legal practices, which is crucial for maintaining client trust and meeting regulatory requirements.

Comprehensive Data Access and Security Management

The CipherTrust Data Security Platform allows administrators in legal firms to specify data access policies, manage users and logical domains, generate usage reports, register new hosts, access security logs, and manage third-party keys and digital certificates. CipherTrust Manager provides extensive API support, command-line interactions, and an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) to integrate seamlessly with other infrastructure.

Unified Data Security with CipherTrust Data Security Platform

The CipherTrust Data Security Platform is a comprehensive suite of data-centric security solutions that integrates data discovery, protection, and control within a single platform. This integration is particularly beneficial for legal practices, enabling them to:

Discover: Identify and classify sensitive data wherever it resides—whether in files, databases, or big data environments, across on-premises storage, clouds, and backups. Effective data discovery and classification are essential for identifying vulnerabilities before exploiting them.

Protect: Implement protective measures such as encryption or tokenisation to secure sensitive data. The platform offers extensive capabilities, including file-level encryption with access controls, application-layer encryption, database encryption, static data masking, and faultless and vaulted tokenisation.

Control: Centralise key management and configure security policies to monitor and control access to data and encryption keys. This ensures compliance with data security regulations and mandates across various environments, whether in the cloud, on-premises, or hybrid.

Deployment Flexibility to Meet Legal Industry Needs

CipherTrust Manager can be deployed on-premises in physical or virtualised infrastructures and public cloud environments. This flexibility allows legal practices to efficiently address compliance requirements, regulatory mandates, and industry best practices for data security. Virtual appliances offer a scalable, cost-effective alternative to physical appliances, making it easier for legal organisations to implement robust data security measures. 

By leveraging CipherTrust Manager and the CipherTrust Data Security Platform, legal professionals can protect their sensitive data, ensure compliance, and maintain the trust of their clients in an increasingly digital world.

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