Solicitors are being asked to play their part in keeping the UK safe online by helping to tackle the rise in organisations paying out to ransomware criminals .
The National Cyber Security Centre ( NCSC ) and Information Commissioner ’ s Office ( ICO ) have been told that some firms are paying ransoms with the expectation that this is the right thing to do , and they do not need to engage with the ICO as a regulator , or will gain benefit from it by way of reduced enforcement . This is incorrect .
Ransomware involves the encrypting of an organisation ’ s files by cybercriminals , who demand money in exchange for providing access to them .
In a joint letter , NCSC and the ICO ask the Law Society to remind its members that they should not advise clients to pay ransomware demands should they fall victim to a cyberattack .
The Home Office , the lead government department responsible for immigration , security and law and order , has recorded 9,205 personal data incidents over the past year , almost double the year prior .
In the Home Office ’ s Annual Report and Accounts 2021 – 22 it was reported that over 9,205 personal data incidents occurred from April 2021 to March 2022 , with 13 being reported directly to the Information Commissioner ’ s Office ( ICO ).