09 Dec 2020 | 09:28 am | 2 min. read
Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has launched a ground-breaking digital platform to support organisations in preparing for and responding to cyber-attacks, following a recent surge in data security incidents.
Cyturion, developed by the firm's in-house technology specialists provides organisations with detailed response plans and advice for managing and recovering from various types and severity of cyber-attacks such as business email compromise, invoice diversion, malware, ransomware and cyber-extortion.
The tool, which is led and implemented by the firm's specialist cyber legal team, provides detail on multi-jurisdictional regulatory obligations that arise in the event of a data security incident. It provides a single source of information to ensure that cyber-incidents are dealt with comprehensively, encompassing all legal, technical, crisis management, PR and compliance aspects.
Pinsent Masons says Cyturion will form 'the backbone' to businesses' data breach strategies, on both a domestic and international basis as organisations are forced to grapple with increasingly sophisticated and global attacks. The team also works with Pinsent Masons' cyber-consultancy arm, to ensure clients are better prepared to deal with cyber incidents, both from an incident response perspective, and from a technology/systems perspective.
Research carried out by the firm found that nearly a third of cyber-related matters involve at least two jurisdictions. Cyber experts at Pinsent Masons say this signals a requirement for a coordinated multi-jurisdictional response.
David McIlwaine, head of Pinsent Masons' global cyber practice commented:
"The pandemic has given cyber criminals increased opportunity to gain unauthorised access to IT infrastructure. The sudden remote working of high volumes of employees prompted by the pandemic has seen many businesses becoming reliant upon potentially unsecure networks and personal devices, causing an increase in hackers infiltrating employee systems. Cyturion can provide a head start in responding to an incident, thereby mitigating the potential negative consequences of it.
"In many instances, the victim organisation's own systems may have been encrypted or rendered unavailable due to the incident. Therefore having a plan in place for how to respond, which includes identifying the relevant individuals responsible for the different response workstreams, along with the required expert external advisers, and having all relevant contact details close at hand, is vital. Cyturion provides all of this, and is hosted on an external system; meaning the plan and response information are readily available, even when the organisation's own systems are down."
David Halliwell, Client Solutions Partner at Pinsent Masons added:
"We know that cyber-attacks are increasing both in frequency and complexity and that appropriate planning and response mechanisms are top of the agenda for our clients. Cyturion provides them with a fantastic solution and is another great example of Pinsent Masons' transition to becoming a professional services firm with law at the core, developing products and services that provide relevant solutions to the challenges our clients face."
Pinsent Masons has launched a range of tech-based client solutions. Earlier this year the firm launched Alteria a brand management and enforcement tool. In 2019 the firm partnered with litigation analytics provider Solomonic to develop an IP disputes analytics module.
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