In the digital age, cyber security has become a huge issue for businesses, raising questions about the protection of our IT systems and the legal implications involved. It is a relatively new phenomenon and very complex field that requires expert legal knowledge.

If your business has been the victim of a cyber-attack the repercussions could affect your profits as a result of claims from customers who have suffered a financial loss following the attack, distress, loss of client data, disruption to sales and staff work time, and reputational damage.

Business owners can also face claims from customers for breach of data protection and, if you have responsibility for data protection under your client contracts, you may be held in breach of contract.

It’s important to seek expert legal advice around any liability claims arising from the cyber breach. This could include investigation into the contractual position with any outsourced IT or virus protection providers to see if any losses can be recovered.

Longer term actions to implement include cyber security risk assessments and plans. Businesses and the threats they face are constantly changing, so these documents should be regularly reviewed to ensure compliance with legal obligations, and to give customers and clients peace of mind that their data is safe.

We can advise on any review of systems to protect your business from future attacks and any training required to help staff respond effectively. We can also check your business complies with legal requirements and has the correct procedures and contracts in place to effectively protect it.