• 50-strong UK law firm saves £48,000 a year on network infrastructure costs and removes risk from ransomware, malware and phishing

  • Adopted a modern approach by using Chrome Enterprises’ ZTN Secure Keys, NEOWAVE’s Chromebook and Winkeo FIDO U2F

Hedges Law, an employee-owned law firm in the UK, has partnered with Cloudify Legal, a technical consultancy for the legal sector, to implement a Zero Trust Network (ZTN).

Hedges Law’s goal was to achieve high cyber security with full remote work capability at an affordable cost. The traditional model, which consists of a business’ own network, firewalls and hardware, requires significant investment and maintenance. Hedges Law decided to use the ZTN approach with Google’s Chrome Enterprises and NEOWAVE’s secure FIDO keys to keep costs low without compromising security risk, following Cloudify Legal’s recommendation.

ZTN is a security model that maintains strict access control and does not trust any device by default, even if it is connected to an authorized network. The ZTN approach recommends mutual authentication and provides network access based on device identity assurance and device health in combination with user authentication

Google’s ZTN is based on a unique email address and a relatively secure password. By using Google’s Workspace service and logging into Google’s global network infrastructure, you log into ZTN. The real power of Google’s ZTN lies in the option to enable and modify two-factor authentication (2FA). By using a modern and secure version of 2FA with a physical security key for each employee, Hedges Law gave its network an extra layer of protection against ransomware, malware and phishing attacks.

Hedges Law chose NEOWAVE’s Winkeo FIDO U2F through UK-based distributor Open Seas. All 50 employees received the key and are required to use it to authenticate their login whenever a new device or IP address is detected by Google. NEOWAVE’s key was chosen for its affordability and increased security as it follows FIDO Alliance standards and prevents brute force, phishing and man-in-the-middle attacks.

Overall, Hedges Law saved £48,000 per year on its network infrastructure costs compared to its nearest competitor without compromising security protection. Cloudify Legal’s deployment of Winkeo FIDO U2F keys and the Chrome Enterprises system across the organization took no more than one business day.

Karen Edwards, chief operating officer, Hedges Law, said: “The risk of cyber attacks is increasing, with 39% of businesses reporting a cyber attack or breach in the last 12 months. The legal sector is no exception. We were looking for a modern solution that provided improved security from cyberattacks, was simple to deploy, was affordable, and easy to use on a daily basis for our size practice. I’m happy to say that Google and NEOWAVE products have provided just that!”

Wayne Pollock, Partner, Cloudify Legal said: “Modern cyber threats require modern security solutions. Chrome Enterprise and NEOWAVE offer just that. Reliable, secure in design and a super cheap solution. Large corporations around the world are abandoning traditional network security models en masse due to operational costs and significant data security/cyber security risk. Unfortunately, smaller law firms are still being mis-sold on the traditional technology stack, often disguised as cloud, hosted or managed desktop. Vendors don’t push ZTN solutions because they won’t make money. Additionally, not a single business or consumer in the world running Chrome Enterprise and a FIDO key has ever been breached with malware or ransomware. everything [Law] businesses should consider switching to ZTN and NEOWAVE switches. Make no mistake, you need both, and vendors and IT staff will often be reluctant to sell you complex and expensive solutions to achieve these levels of cyber security.”

Jason Kent, director of Open Seas, said: “The Winkeo FIDO key from NEOWAVE is a more secure alternative to an authenticator app. It introduces a physical element to your network, making it harder for bad actors to crack. Approximately 90% of security breaches are the result of bad authentication, but with a secure FIDO key that drops to zero. Winkeo’s low cost means businesses of all sizes can achieve this high level of protection.”

FINISHES

Regarding the law of hedging

Hedges has an incredibly long history that spans four centuries. We’ve had two world wars, 62 prime ministers and nine kings and queens, but we wanted to show that despite our history and the hundreds of years we’ve been around, innovation and excellence are at the heart of what we do.

Our motto is “Advice for Life”. This means being the legal advisor of choice for our clients and families to support them throughout their lives with all their legal needs as they move through life’s experiences.

Hedges has embraced the benefits of cloud-based technology to allow its employees to work flexibly from anywhere, while providing the best service and advice to its clients. The majority of employees work from home, but the firm still maintains office space/hubs for those employees who want to work in an office environment, as well as allowing physical meetings with clients.

In May 2021, Hedges Law became employee-owned. This means that every one of our employees is now a part owner of the business that we are all so proud of.

About Cloudify Legal

After helping Hedges Law Ltd move from an expensive and inflexible ‘break and fix’ technology model to a low-cost, high-performance and profitable model, Wayne Pollock and Stephen Blundell realized that many small and medium-sized law firms needed help and created Cloudify Legal. A year later, Cloudify Legal has helped 21 clients in the UK, US, Austria and New Zealand improve their productivity, profitability and data security. Cloudify Legal are Gold Certified partners of Actionstep, a leading cloud-based practice management system.

About the high seas

Open Seas is a UK based enterprise IT solutions company specializing in cyber security and data protection. Open Seas acts as a bridge between customers and best-in-class IT providers, providing optimal solutions for their customers’ IT needs.

In addition to its 24×7 cross-platform MDR service, the company provides privileged access management solutions and zero-trust network access, file synchronization, replication and backup products.

Open Seas is the official UK distributor for Neowave products including Winkeo-C FIDO2 Security Key, Winkeo U2F and Badgeo Smart Cards.

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