Cybersecurity, also known as information technology security or computer security, refers to the security applied to computers, computer networks, technology infrastructures, and electronic data in general. Simply put, this covers the processes, procedures, and mechanisms by which digital services, equipment, information, and related data are protected from unauthorized access.
Cyber threats have increasingly dominated headlines recently. As integration into the Internet of Things (IoT) looms ahead and smart devices become a bigger part of our lives, cybersecurity threats have become more prevalent and sophisticated. As a result, cybersecurity has become a critical focus in almost any industry that utilizes computers.
Common cybersecurity threats include basic system vulnerabilities and exploits, denial-of-service attacks, direct-access attacks, spoofing, doxing, tampering, repudiation, information disclosures, and computer viruses. Any of these cybersecurity threats can result in significant costs to a company or private individual.
Network Security Attacks & Online Network Security
There are numerous ways to increase protection from cybersecurity attacks. Experts suggest engaging in a number of countermeasures. Such practices include utilizing antivirus programs, firewalls, intrusion detection systems (“IDS”), and communication encryption in order to stay on top of potential security threats.
It should be noted, however, that despite taking appropriate countermeasures, responding to security breaches can be difficult. One of the biggest obstacles to responding to security breaches is that hackers or system attackers may be located in a different jurisdiction from those they attack. Likewise, law enforcement may be unprepared, understaffed, or simply unfamiliar with the technology involved in the cyberattack.
As such, companies and individuals can benefit from utilizing legal counseling to draft agreements that will limit potential legal liability and provide legal recourse should a cyberattack occur. As jurisdictions vary when it comes to legal regulations, we help to protect our clients’ assets and advise them on the legal recourses available should a cyberattack occur.
As a technology law firm, our lawyers can draft agreements and provide counseling to assist with potential internet security law issues as well as cyber-related litigation.
As a technology and data law firm, our technology and data attorneys can assist with advising on cybersecurity legal issues. See our Technology & Data service line page for additional information about cybersecurity legal services.