If data is the new oil, then cybersecurity is the new burglar alarm. Here’s a roundup of the latest developments…

Lewis Silkin LLP and accountants Grant Thornton UK just announced the launch of a new data and cyber security audit service called DataCheckPoint. The partnership and offering is the first-of-its-kind and represents a competitive alternative to services currently in the market. DataCheckPoint combines the sector-specific knowledge of Lewis Silkin and Grant Thornton in order to offer a service that will fully meet clients’ requirements and objectives. Based on an eight stage process, the audits incorporate a new scoping and gap analysis methodology which caters for innovative reporting and effective compliance implementation programmes.

This new service is designed to help clients prepare for challenges today and in the future, including in the wake of the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Security of Network and Information Systems Directive (NIS Directive). Both pieces of legislation come into force from May 2018.

Dr Nathalie Moreno, partner at Lewis Silkin LLP, commented: “With Europe taking data and cyber security incredibly seriously and establishing new rules, a joined-up approach to compliance and audit is now a necessity and we’re delighted to be launching DataCheckPoint as a solution for businesses. We have a long-standing relationship with Grant Thornton and count them as our trusted advisers in the realm of cyber security; it is a pleasure to be working with them to combine our expertise in this innovative new service for all organisations doing business in Europe”

In the US, UnitedLex, a provider of legal and cybersecurity services, announced the opening of its Atlanta office, the newest and largest operations facility to date for the company. The new facility will provide a full range of legal support and cyber security services to UnitedLex’s growing client base of top Fortune-listed corporations and law firms. When staffed to capacity, the new Atlanta facility will house 150 lawyers and technologists.

And, just in case you think law firms are not a primary target of cyber attacks, read this read this blog post by Sharon Nelson – there are some very big US law firms that have been hacked by China named in here…
China Has Breached Major U.S. Law Firms