Law firm Irwin Mitchell has reduced the number of security incidents from 25 a year ago to seven in the same period this year, after becoming certified in the global ISO 27001 information security standard.
"Certification has introduced a structured approach to security management and also significantly improved our competitiveness," said Peter Sloane, business improvement manager at Irwin Mitchell.
Prospective clients are increasingly calling on legal firms to prove their information credentials as part of the tendering process, he said.
Certifying on a global standard also ensures information security is maintained through external audits every six months, said Sloane.
The complexity of the standard led Irwin Mitchell to enlist consultancy Sapphire to help identify potential pitfalls and speed up the certification process.