Law firms can now access cyberthreat-sharing community

By Erin Ayers on August 20, 2015

cyberbreach200x200The legal services world now has a new outlet for sharing cyber threat information in an effort to prevent cyber attacks as the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) has launched a Legal Services Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (LS-ISAO) Services for law firms.

“FS-ISAC brings expertise gained from 15 years of operations and is committed to the greater good of sharing of information pertaining to physical and cyber vulnerabilities and threats both inside our sector and for other sectors when needed. At the request of the legal sector, we are partnering with law firms to accelerate the community’s ability to improve its resiliency. As re-enforced by the recent Executive Order on Information Sharing, a strong community defense model is the future of cyber security,” said Cindy Donaldson, vice president of products and services for FS-ISAC.

Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations offer specific industries a way to safely and effectively share information within the community to better prevent and respond to cyber threats and vulnerabilities. For the LS-ISAO, eligible law firms will be able to receive reliable and actionable alerts from vendors and government agencies, learn best practices for handling the risk, interact with other members, and gain access to FS-ISAC conferences.

FS-ISAC is a nonprofit corporation that was established in 1999 and is funded by its member firms.  It is dedicated to helping “assure the resilience and continuity of the global financial services infrastructure and individual firms against acts that could significantly impact the sector’s ability to provide services critical to the orderly function of the global economy.”

Erin is an editor at Advisen. She has 15 years of journalism experience. Prior to Advisen, Erin covered property-casualty insurance for 13 years as editor-in-chief of The Standard, New England’s Insurance Weekly. Erin is based in Boston, Mass. Contact Erin at eayers@advisen.com.