Cybersecurity is becoming an important issue for lawyers, whether you are a solo or working at a multinational law firm. When it is so easy and seamless from a workflow perspective to move to the cloud, many firms are pushing their operations and employees to this technology. There are many considerations to weigh when deciding to go from the file cabinet or local server to the cloud…
Make It Comfortable
Putting documents online is not as easy as just deciding to use
As a solo or small firm, you inevitably receive offers from the latest and greatest platform that will solve whatever pain point your firm may be experiencing. While it is enticing to go with the service that is
You should examine how your service provider collects, processes, and stores information. Do they use a trusted service to store their data? What states' laws do they avail themselves to? Are they located in
It is important to remember that what you store in the cloud as an attorney is not just the photos you uploaded to Instagram. These may be sensitive client files that if compromised could seriously jeopardize you and your client.
Since cloud technology can be more affordable and efficient, the best advice would be to investigate before you subscribe. Talk to someone in the know, whether a fellow lawyer with more familiarity in the space or someone who specializes in technology, to explain to you the potential security pros and cons of using a particular platform.
Bring Your Own Device?
Another popular trend for businesses in general, and law firms, is to allow members of your firm to bring their own device and use this device, such as a smartphone, for firm business.
Contemplate this choice for your business. You will be balancing Android versus iOS. You will also have devices that may "go rogue." This may not be as dramatic as it sounds since it usually occurs with scenarios such as "phone left in a bar," but if the owners of the devices are not using appropriate security protocols, key files could be compromised if someone finds a way to access the device.
This scratches the surface when it comes to cybersecurity. A more in-depth investigation of cybersecurity and law firms is yet to come.
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