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Should you have contact with the wider legal profession, this may be of value to them, should they not be aware:

“Solicitors are being asked to play their part in keeping the UK safe online by helping to tackle a rise in payments being made to ransomware criminals.

In a joint letter, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) ask the Law Society to remind its members of their advice on ransomware and emphasise that paying a ransom will not keep data safe or be viewed by the ICO as a mitigation in regulatory action.

In their letter, the NCSC – which is a part of GCHQ – and the ICO state that they have seen evidence of a rise in ransomware payments, and that in some cases solicitors may have been advising clients to pay, in the belief that it will keep data safe or lead to a lower penalty from the ICO.

The two organisations ask the Law Society to clarify to its members that this is not that case, and that they do not encourage or condone paying ransoms, which can further incentivise criminals and will not guarantee that files are returned”

The link to the full online item and letter can be found here:

If you or they have any questions regarding this, please make contact with the NCSC themselves and not your local Police Force, thank you.

Regards, Mark

Have you spotted a suspicious email or text?

If you have received an email which you’re not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS):

Forwarded suspicious texts to7726.
This free-of-charge short code enables your provider to investigate the origin of the text and take action, if found to be malicious.

Jargon Buster

Credentials – A user’s authentication information used to verify identity – typically one, or more, of password, token, certificate.

Whitelisting – Authorising approved applications for use within organisations in order to protect systems from potentially

Have you received a phishing email recently? You can now report it to

For further information see:

Report a suspicious website – NCSC.GOV.UK

Create your own Cyber Action Plan to improve your cyber security here:


**Guide to the reporting of Fraud and Cyber Crime to Action Fraud**

Mark Godsland | CISMP

Police Cyber Security Advisor

Thames Valley Police & South East ROCU

SEROCU, PO Box 363, Kidlington, OX5 9DB



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