What to really think about hacking

The word hack is one that likes to make its way into the headlines on a regular basis. If it’s not celebrity selfies under attack, it’s valuable data.

This time around, major law firms are feeling the heat with a current threat of being hacked. Officials have reported that 48 major law firms have had their information tampered with as attackers seek inside information on mergers and acquisitions.

This breach in what was thought as secure information has led to the realisation that law firms must assess their current systems they have in place for keeping client information safe.


Whenever the scare of hacking bursts into the news it sparks a domino effect of thoughts; is data safe anywhere? Is technology safe? What if that happens to me? But one major question which we need to be asking ourselves is how can I make my data secure?

This question is likely to get lost in the train of panic after just reading the words “data” and “hacked” in one sentence. Before you decide, “data is safer on my own site”, you should consider the benefits of outsourcing data:

  • Proficient data management not only helping in digitising your data, but also ensuring systematic storage and management of your data across multiple platforms.
  • Total data security- access to files is restricted to authorised and registered users only.
  • Low costs- you can save more than 60% of the cost of getting data entry projects done in-house.

When one account of hacking occurs, this is down to a fault in security not a fault in technology. If someone’s house gets broken into, we don’t blame the house, we blame whoever forgot to lock the door. Data is as safe as you make it.


Here at Atlas, we understand that we are responsible for creating a secure environment for our clients’ data, and we were one of the first managed services providers in the UK to become ISO 27001:2013 certified.

For those of you unsure of what this means, ISO 27001:2013 is a qualification received after looking at the likelihood of an attack or failure, the impact that such an attack or failure would have on the organisation and the effectiveness of controls intended to protect the assets.

The ISO 27001 standard is designed to ensure efficient security controls are put in place to protect sensitive company information and data and also to gain customer confidence. Put simply:

  • ISO 27001 ensures the right people, processes, procedures and technologies are in place to protect information assets
  • ISO 27001 protects information and ensures its confidentiality, integrity and availability are maintained


Next time a hacking spree surfaces the media, remember that you do not need to rethink every piece of technology you own.

Instead, take precautions to ensure your data complies with the Data Protection laws and you have efficient security controls in place. Ask yourself the question: how could my data be tampered with? Highlight the weak links and resolve them.

If you need any tips as to how you can do this, feel free to get in touch.

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