- New SRA rules puts responsibility on law firms to minimise risk and ensure compliance
- New Oyez toolkit specifically designed to ensure legal practices meet all regulatory obligations
Oyez Professional Services, the leading legal services provider, has developed a comprehensive toolkit that allows legal practices, whatever their size or technical requirements, to introduce a fully compliant information management security system in a step-by-step, methodical manner.
The Oyez Information Security Management System (ISMS) has been developed in partnership with IAAITC (the International Association of Accountants for Innovation and Technology Consultants) who are helping over 500 accounting firms develop their information security management system utilising IAAITC methodology. Now adapted for law firms, this system reflects acknowledged best practice and the latest technical developments.
Nick Hodges, Managing Director of Oyez Professional Services says, “The SRA rules are putting increased demands on many law firms. We know that many of our clients have a requirement for increased information security and we are delighted to be able to offer the first system designed specifically to meet the needs of UK legal professionals”.
“For many legal practices, following general International Standards (ISO’s) on information security is often a complex and burdensome process that doesn’t deal directly with the practicalities of complying with UK laws and professional regulation. More often than not, law firms have to learn for themselves how to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 / SRA regulations and the Oyez Legal Information Security Management System fills this gap by using a recognised approach”.
Paul Holborow, for IAAITC, says ‘”The legal profession knows only too well the importance of confidentiality and keeping the personal data it holds secure. The reality though, is that many law firms need assistance to help them understand their responsibilities and to put the controls and policies they need in place. Our products are all based on a sound, risk-based procedures. Working with Oyez, who have a proven record of service to the legal profession, means that law firms can easily access the information, expertise and practical tools they need”.
The Oyez Information Security Management System has been developed into four ranges to ensure an appropriate product for every size of firm. The core of each range is comprised of easy-to-follow guidance notes, policy documents and on-line staff assessments. An on-going free update service ensures all regulatory changes are incorporated into the system as required. Oyez also offer information security consultancy via network of trained consultants to firms that feel they would like additional support during the planning or implementation process.