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The Federal Trade Commission’s New Data Safeguards Rule Requirements for Law Firms: Here’s Everything You Need to Know

What’s changing in cybersecurity regulations for law firms, and how Stratti can help 

The Federal Trade Commission has made updates to its Safeguards Rule, set in place to ensure non-banking institutions, such as auto dealers, mortgage brokers, and law firms will be responsible for maintaining comprehensive security systems that protect customer information. 

With the exponential increase in cybercrime, the regulations around cybersecurity and personal client information protection have tightened. To avoid the risk of fines, poor company reputation, and/or lawsuits, attorneys need to be in compliance.

Of course, you know protecting the personal information of your clients is critical, but if you don’t have a dedicated IT Security team, it might be harder to comply. 

The FTC’s new Safeguards Rule requirements have a clear solution: If you can’t oversee IT on your own, you need to hire someone to do it for you

We know getting started with these changes can feel overwhelming, especially with how much information is out there. But we’re here to break it all down for you in a way that makes sense:

What Cybersecurity Measures Does the FTC Require for Law Firms?

The FTC Safeguards Rule requirements were established to protect the client by safeguarding their information including digital data and user details. The recent revisions to this rule provide core security guidelines for businesses that store personally identifiable information. These requirements can also protect against cyber threats such as ransomware attacks or data breaches. 

The new requirements outline steps companies can take to stay in compliance with the rule, including: 

  • Designing, implementing, and maintaining an IT Security Plan 
  • Appointing an individual to oversee your IT Security Plan
  • Conducting regular risk assessments
  • Implement safeguards to control any identified risks 
  • Monitoring systems, service providers, and access logs
  • Training staff on IT security
  • Creating a Written Incident Response Plan 

The flexibility of these guidelines are both a pro and a con; law firms need to have customizable compliance options, but it can be a challenge to find solutions that fit those business needs and can handle any security situations that may arise. 

As your IT Wingman, however, Stratti has your back.

We can handle the technical expertise you need to help you stay in compliance with the new FTC Safeguards Rule requirements.

Here’s where we can help:

  1. Implement Stratti’s Ultimate Cybersecurity Solution to meet the FTC’s new cybersecurity requirements at once while protecting your business. We’ll help you establish:
    1. Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
    2. Multi-point protection from firewalls to user devices
    3. Endpoint protection antivirus with EDR antivirus
    4. Spam filtering and other email security
    5. Website blocking and online content filtering
    6. System isolation for infected systems
    7. Dark web monitoring
  1. Test your security as often as you need with our Proactive System Management. It includes:
    1. Security and vulnerability patch management
    2. 24-hour system and network monitoring
    3. Data backup and continuous monitoring and maintenance
    4. Network penetration testing
    5. Helpdesk complete with system and network support
  1. Educate and prepare your team to spot cyberattacks with Information Security Training and Verification:
    1. Cyber awareness training for users
    2. Training and testing for email phishing scams
  1. Stratti can also generate documentation of your policies and incidents, including:
    1. Backup and Disaster Recovery (BDR) plans
    2. Risk assessment reports
    3. Asset summary reports
    4. Network penetration reports
    5. Vulnerabilities reports

As with many big changes, these will take time to organize and institute—you can’t get in compliance overnight! We recommend getting started as soon as possible. 

Let Stratti help you get your cybersecurity on track, so you can focus on what you do best—advocating for your clients.

Any questions? Ready to get started? Give us a call at (530) 342-8999 or fill out the form below for a FREE, no obligation, 15-minute cybersecurity assessment.