The Importance of Secure Communications for Legal Practitioners

In England and Wales, the common law principle of legal professional privilege is no trifling matter as this obligation upholds a fundamental principle of justice by safeguarding the fairness of any trial, constituting by extension basic human rights and in its ‘absolute’ nature, bested by none, except explicit statutory caveats.

Pertaining to all communications between clients, lawyers and third parties in the sphere of litigation and advice, a weighty burden is placed on professionals to safeguard most, if not all correspondence with clients. This has become even more imperative since Covid-19 has grounded most lawyers across the nation to internet-based communications as their primary channel of discord.

Supplementary legislation extending liability in recent years through the likes of the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act (2018) has made this task one of considerable concern for those working on unsecured networks such as personal Wi-Fi at home or whilst travelling, connecting to public hotspots such as trains and shops. It is for these reasons that it is now more important than ever that this once paper-based system operates with professionals giving full regard to privilege through electronic means.

Why Legal Practitioners are at risk

It is thought that some 65,000 cyber-attacks take place each day targeting small to medium businesses with approximately 30% successfully observing or extracting data. As Europol has observed, data extraction is a primary target for most cyber-attacks. 60% of law firms report to have suffered a security incident and this number continues to increase year on year.

The risk cannot be understated, with most forms of internet usage containing sensitive information such as entering card details whilst online shopping, during banking transactions and utilising personal, as well as work-related emails. Legal practitioners are at greater risk of the exploitative activities of cybercriminals due to the abundance of sensitive data in comparison to the layperson being contained on their digital drives, but specifically, because said information is likely to be privileged. Information contained in such emails is at risk of interception without encryption.

What can be done to prevent cyber-attacks, safeguard privilege arrangements and ensure fair trials?

VPNs work by connecting the user to a secure server through a secure tunnel. This encrypts the data via certain protocols before it leaves the device meaning it is unobservable by unauthorised third-party onlookers or internet service providers. A VPN protocol can be described as a procedure or system of processes that are used to ensure a secure and fast connection is established to and from a FAST LANE SECURE server. Encryption is the process of encoding messages or information that only makes sense to those who have the cipher and are authorised to read it. A cipher is the key that allows the personal data to be encrypted (locked) and decrypted (unlocked), those without the cipher see only nonsensical numbers, letters and symbols in place of any data encrypted.

Whilst other defensive software such as anti-virus can protect the user from malware and ransomware, spyware and other forms of invasive software remain unchallenged. Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) such as FAST LANE SECURE are a frontline defence providing users with:

  • Prevent websites from tracking activity;
  • The ability to bypass Geo-Blocking Services; and
  • Shields information use on public networks such as airport and café Wi-Fi.

But more specifically for those held to a standard of legal professional privilege:

  • Personal and Business Data Encryption
  • Defence against ‘Man in the Middle’ attacks;
  • Voice Over Internet Protocol security; and
  • Secures banking transactions.

Why FAST LANE SECURE?

FAST LANE SECURE has been developed with legal practitioners in mind. Founder David Daubney is a veteran of the Criminal Justice System with over 20 years of experience in keeping the publics’ personal data private and secure. This is apparent by the advantages that this VPN has had developed over other popular VPNs such as its compatibility with all mobile data carriers up to 5G, 24/7 customer support all year-round and its 256-bit military-grade encryption protocol which optimises for speed and performance.

This level of encryption protects some of the world’s most top-secret data and would require millions of years before a supercomputer could successfully complete a brute force attack. This level of protection is offered alongside next-generation progressive technology built into the VPN app to offer singular click connections that use processor analysis to utilise the most secure encryption protocol available from a variety of options, each with unique capabilities and strengths, constantly optimising for speed and performance on the go or at home.

Whilst actioning the appropriate protocol, the VPN seals the data with the military-grade 256-AES encryption algorithm ensuring the highest level of VPN security. 128-bit encryptions are common across financial institutions as they are renowned for their resistance to brute force attacks. However, FAST LANE SECURE has gone the extra mile in keeping user’s data safe by providing a level of protection that doubles that of some banking institutions and ensures sensitive data such as privileged communications are kept private.

All of this is available through incremental subscription options following 7-days free protection. As VPNs become an essential component of modern lawyer’s toolkits, those such as FAST LANE SECURE will provide the materials for practitioners to establish trust from clients and the wider community in ensuring fair trials. This can be done through unique Encryption and Protocol methods.

To find out how FAST LANE SECURE can protect you, visit the website at www.fastlanesecure.com