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Lexcel and Cyber Essentials: Strengthening Your Legal Practice’s Security.

16 February 2024Cyber Essentials

If you’re in the Legal sector, chances are you’ve encountered the Lexcel accreditation—a hallmark of quality and excellence endorsed by the Law Society. But what exactly does Lexcel entail, and why should you consider achieving Cyber Essentials certification too?

Let’s dive into the details…

What is Lexcel?

Lexcel isn’t just a badge; it’s a testament to your legal practice’s commitment to excellence. Developed by the Law Society, Lexcel sets the bar for practice management and client care. It’s designed to streamline operations, manage risks effectively, and enhance client services across seven core areas:

  • Structure and strategy
  • Financial management
  • Information management
  • People management
  • Risk management
  • Client care
  • File and case management

Understanding Cyber Essentials

Now, let’s talk Cyber Essentials – a government-backed certification that safeguards your digital fortress against cyber threats. It’s based on five key security controls:

  • Firewalls
  • Secure Configuration
  • Access Control
  • Malware Protection
  • Patch Management

By correctly implementing these controls, you Fourtify your defence against the majority of common cyber threats, demonstrating your commitment to protecting sensitive information and client data.

Why Achieve Cyber Essentials?

With the introduction of Lexcel version 6.1, Cyber Essentials certification isn’t just a recommendation—it’s a strategic imperative. Here’s why:

  1. Enhanced Security: Cyber attackers are relentless and growing in sophistication every day, and law firms are prime targets due to the confidential nature of their data. Cyber Essentials certification showcases your dedication to data protection and the implementation of UK government-recommended security measures and controls.
  2. Regulatory Compliance: Achieving Cyber Essentials aligns with the Data Protection Act 2018 and GDPR requirements, demonstrating your proactive approach to compliance and data security.
  3. Compliance with Lexcel Quality Mark: Section 3.2 in version 6.1 states ‘Practices must have an information management and security policy and should be accredited against Cyber Essentials.’

How to Achieve Cyber Essentials Certification?

Getting Cyber Essentials certified isn’t as daunting as you might think. At Fourtify, we’re here to demystify the process and work with you to ensure compliance. Through Security Gap Analysis and consulting throughout the process, we ensure you comply the standard prior to submission.

Let’s Strengthen Your Legal Practice’s Security Together!

Don’t let cyber threats compromise your firm’s integrity. Reach out to Fourtify today to kickstart your journey towards Cyber Essentials certification. Our team is dedicated to empowering legal practices like yours with robust cybersecurity solutions.

Protecting your data isn’t just a necessity, it’s a responsibility. Let’s Fourtify your firm’s defences and safeguard what matters most.

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