What to Look for (and require) in a Secure Cloud for Law Firms
Data security becomes more and more of a focus and priority for law firms almost every day. And for good reason: Law firms often work with, exchange and store sensitive information every day. This makes keeping a law firm’s data secure really more about keeping their client’s data secure. And in that way, law firms have an ethical obligation to take precautions when keeping their client information safe.
Cybersecurity and data breaches seem to make headlines almost every week these days. And more recently, legal software and cloud provider TrialWorks was hit by a ransomware attack that locked lawyers out of their case files and documents for days on end.
Not long before that cloud provider iNSYNQ was similarly hit with ransomware, affecting many clients.
These kinds of things prompt law firms to take notice and ask questions. In recent conversations, I’ve even seen it prompt law firms to consider moving out of the cloud altogether. While moving from the cloud to on-premise equipment is always almost always a bad idea, I understand the reflexive tendency to walk-not-run away from the cloud.
But take a deep breath.
We’ve already established that in many, many ways, a private cloud is better than owning and managing on-premise IT. (Not the least of which is that on-premise servers are significantly more susceptible to ransomware attacks.)
Recent security breaches and ransomware incidents have made many law firms aware that not all clouds are created equal. So the questions become:
- What makes a secure cloud?
- What separates the good from the bad cloud providers?
- How can I tell the difference?
In this article, we’ll explore twelve things to look for, and require, when considering a cloud provider for your law firm.
And in case you need a quick refresher on what exactly a private cloud is: