ISO 27001 has long been regarded as the information security standard to protect a company’s sensitive information, but more recently law firms have been viewing it as a key competitive differentiator in their field.
Key selling point
Shook, Hardy & Bacon achieved ISO 27001 certification last year and described the standard as a key selling point for their firm. “We wanted to make sure we had the processes in place so [clients] had confidence that we were doing the best we could,” says the firm’s chair, John Murphy.
Strengthened position in the legal market
Murphy continues that certifying to ISO 27001 has strengthened SHB’s position in the legal market and that prospective clients ask the firms they’re evaluating about their data security policies and procedures; some even specifically ask firms whether they have an ISO 27001 certification.
Certification to ISO 27001 has been achieved by at least 12 large law firms, half of which are based in the United Kingdom, and another 16 US firms were identified as “working toward or investigating certification” (International Legal Technology Association’s LegalSEC conference, June 2014).
The importance of data security in the legal sector
Having worked with some of the top law firms in the country – including Eversheds, Freshfields, and Slaughter and May – we know how important data security is to those in the legal sector.
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- How top law firms successfully use ISO 27001 to grow their client base.
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