What Is Cyber Threat Detection, and Does My Law Firm Need It?

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Around 46% of law firms with 10–49 employees experienced a data breach in 2021, compared to 17% of law firms with 2–9 employees. Cyber crime is on the rise and small- to mid-sized law firms are increasingly targeted.

There are many types of cyber threats, but some of the most common include phishing attacks, malware, and ransomware. One way to counter cyber threats is to implement a cyber threat detection solution. This can help law firms identify and respond to threats before they result in a data breach.

What Is Threat Detection?

In the world of Information Technology, the term “threat detection” is used in a variety of ways. In general, threat detection refers to proactively identifying potential cyber threats and attacks. The goal is to find and stop attacks before they can do damage.

Each method of threat detection has one thing in common: they all rely on some form of data collection and analysis. This data can come from a variety of sources, including network traffic, user activity, system logs, and more. Once collected, this data is then analyzed for signs of suspicious or malicious activity.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but there are a few key components that all effective solutions should include:

  1. Ability to detect a wide range of threats. 
  2. Provide actionable intelligence so you can take steps to mitigate the threat. 
  3. Scalable, so they can grow with your law firm as your needs change.

What Does Threat Detection Protect You From?

When threats are actively being detected it can help to protect your law firm from:

Viruses and Malware

These are malicious software programs that can infect your systems and cause damage or steal data.

Phishing Attacks

Users are tricked into giving up sensitive information, such as passwords or credit card numbers, by masquerading as a legitimate website or email.

Denial of Service (DoS) Attacks

These are attempts to make a system or network unavailable by flooding it with traffic or requests.

SQL Injection Attacks

Cyber hackers attempt to insert malicious code into a database through an insecure web application.

Brute Force Attacks

Cyber hackers guess passwords or other login credentials to gain access to a system.

Man-in-the-Middle Attacks

These are attempts to intercept communications between two parties in order to eavesdrop or steal data.

Social Engineering Attacks

Cyber hackers trick users into performing actions that will allow an attacker to gain access to systems or data.

Insider Threats

Threats are posed by employees or other insiders who have legitimate access to systems and data, and who misuse this access for malicious purposes.

Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs)

These are sophisticated attacks that are carefully planned and executed over a long period of time to gain access to sensitive data or systems.

Zero-Day Exploits

These are attacks that exploit previously unknown vulnerabilities in software or hardware.

Get Threat Detection with Noftek Solutions

Noftek is a cybersecurity firm that specializes in providing threat detection and prevention services to businesses of all sizes. By partnering with Noftek, your law firm can benefit from 24/7 monitoring, threat detection tools, and peace of mind knowing that your systems are protected from the latest and most sophisticated cyber threats.

Schedule a consultation today to learn more about how we can strengthen your cyber security.