Is your law firm rethinking the security of its computer network? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Without solid security protocols, a firm is left vulnerable to potential threats.
Cybersecurity threats and breaches come in various forms and continuously evolve. Therefore, it’s essential for law firms to familiarize themselves with CIS best practices and ensure their infrastructure has the right security measures in place.
As a skilled Managed IT Provider, ArchonOne has helped numerous law firms abide by cybersecurity best practices to keep their personal confidential data secure.
ArchonOne works closely with law firms to not only combat cybersecurity threats but to ensure they have an interoperable cybersecurity architecture that fits their needs.
In this article, we’ll define what a Cybersecurity Architecture is and how it can improve your law firm’s security posture. By the end of this article, you’ll have a better understanding of why having cybersecurity architecture is imperative for a law firm’s overall productivity and security.
What is Cybersecurity Architecture?
Cybersecurity architecture is the implementation of an organized security framework that houses the standards, policies, and functional interoperability of a computer network.
A cybersecurity architecture helps all of the components of a computer network work together to stay organized, integrated, and secure.
Keep in mind that the term cybersecurity architecture can also be referred to as “cybersecurity network architecture, “network security architecture”, and “cybersecurity mesh architecture”.
Cybersecurity mesh, or cybersecurity mesh architecture (CSMA), is a term coined by analyst firm Gartner.
Gartner predicts that “organizations adopting a cybersecurity mesh architecture to integrate security tools to work as a cooperative ecosystem will reduce the financial impact of individual security incidents by an average of 90% by 2024.”
The CSMA model uses a holistic approach to cybersecurity rather than using a single perimeter to secure an entire IT environment.
The concept of CSMA puts wide emphasis on the importance of scalability and interoperability. This means that the security team of a given business can go from managing individually configured services to deploying full-scale security solutions that work together to evolve a business’ security posture.
Why is a Cybersecurity Architecture Important for Law Firms?
Adopting a cybersecurity architecture is ideal for businesses that abide by a remote work model and operate cloud-based solutions across devices in different locations.
Creating a cybersecurity architecture requires your firm to consider new endpoint and user-focused solutions that keep each individual device protected. While this may seem like an overwhelming task, it’s a task for a managed IT provider or third-party vendor to fulfill. Ideally, enlisting the help of an IT professional will understand what to look for and how to help improve your current IT infrastructure.
Implementing one solution to protect all devices within a computer network is no longer feasible or advantageous. Remember, all devices, whether they’re inside or outside of your network, are a huge threat until authenticated.
Rather than implementing only one cybersecurity solution across all devices, consider adopting several solutions to individually secure each endpoint in your firm’s environment.
Here’s a list of security solutions that are included in adopting this framework:
- Multi-factor authentication to verify each user’s identity and access controls
- Disc and data encryption to protect all of your firm’s data
- Virtual private networks to protect all correspondence
- Remote wipe features to deletes data off of a remote device
- Remote monitoring and correlation tools for security threat detection
Together, these solutions can work together to act as an interoperable framework to protect your firm’s IT infrastructure.
Ready to Adopt a Cybersecurity Architecture for your Firm?
To ensure that a cybersecurity architecture works well for your firm, consider establishing what metrics are essential to track and report prior to enlisting the help of a Managed IT provider or third-party vendor.
Keep in mind that there may be several KPIs your firm needs to address and that’s okay! It’s best to decipher what results are required before adopting this framework.
In addition, mapping your current assets and receiving a security risk assessment will help your firm get a better understanding of your current security vulnerabilities.
As a law firm, you have a duty to your staff and clients to meet the ever-evolving requirements for compliance and data security. So while marking KPIs and ensuring a cybersecurity architecture will bring a rewarding ROI is important, it doesn’t overrule the importance of securing your infrastructure and sensitive data.
Let us help you. We can help answer any questions you have regarding your security posture and ensure your infrastructure is secure from bad actors.
Book a free demo with ArchonOne today to get a better understanding of the steps we take to secure your computer network and implement the right solutions for your needs.