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Data Breach, Cybersecurity, and the Law.



What exactly is a data breach? Data breach occurs when sensitive information is stolen by a person who is not authorised to have access to that data. For businesses, this can result in client’s sensitive information being stolen.

Moreover, perpetrators can also steal critical information from law firms which can harm the future of the business. Therefore, there are couple of different approaches for businesses to take so that they can tackle data breach and related issues.

In Australia, the Privacy Act (1988) determines the information that a person can and cannot have access to. Moreover, the policy states that they have a right to be informed if their information is being used.

What Should Organisations Do to Protect Themselves from Data Breaches?

First and foremost, it is important to increase staff awareness on potential implications of data breach. Team members should be made aware of cybersecurity. An important step towards achieving this is to train employees in systems of cybersecurity.

In addition to that, organisations must set-up robust password systems. Importantly, companies must reset these passwords periodically. This important step cannot be overlooked in our digitally-driven world.

It is also important to set up software systems that use multi-factor authentication for added security. Sometimes, malware and viruses can attack the system and steal credentials. Therefore, it is necessary for companies to establish anti-virus protection.

Organisations that use plug-ins should ensure that they are kept up-to-date. Instituting adequate security measures is the need of the hour.

Notably, as more and more companies and organisations shift to work from home and remote models, the risks of becoming a target or victim of a cyberattack increases. This is because, employees may carry many devices from the workplace to their homes.

This gives more people access to their data and devices, thereby increasing the risk of cyber-attacks. Organisations should also improve communication channels between them and stakeholders. It is important for them to view cybersecurity as an investment.

Family Law and Cybersecurity

Within family law, cybersecurity is an important topic to consider especially after two parties separate. Lawyers recommend each party to update and change their passwords post-separation.

This is important in cases where the separation was hostile. Some parties may have a personal vendetta against the other and they may try engaging in activity that could be potentially detrimental for the other party.

For example, a former partner may log into your social media account and publish posts that could harm your reputation. In addition to your personal lives, this can also greatly affect your professional life. Moreover, this can have serious implications for your future.  This is why it is important to be more aware and conscious about cybersecurity and data breaches, both from a professional and personal standpoint.

Author info:

John Bui is the Principal Solicitor of JB Solicitors – a law firm based in Sydney, Australia. John is a Nationally Accredited family law Mediator and Arbitrator with over 10 years’ experience in family law and commercial litigation.

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