Global law firm Mossack Fonseca has suffered a data breach of more than 11.5 million sensitive emails and documents. The company said that it has opened a full investigation and has confirmed that the breach was a result of an attack on its email server. Here to comment on this news is Luke Brown, VP and GM EMEA, India and Latam at Digital Guardian.
Luke Brown, VP and GM EMEA, India and Latam at Digital Guardian
“Putting aside the fact that the leaked emails and documents appear to include information about illicit operations, for the victims, a data breach of this scale could have life altering or, at the very least, distressing effects. Ultimately, the breach may trigger serious legal repercussions against Mossack Fonseca. Data protection should be of the utmost importance in environments like this and yet we have seen a growing number of data breaches in law firms over the last few months.
“This latest case reinforces the need for “data aware” security technologies in the legal sector. If Mossack Fonseca had such technologies in place, it could have prevented its most sensitive emails and files from being copied, moved or deleted without approval or permission. Companies must learn from incidents like this and better protect their IT environment, with the ability to apply security at the data-level being of the utmost importance.”