Staying Secure in the Cloud Age

Ten things your law firm must do to stay secure in the cloud.

Cloud computing is rapidly transforming the way we do business, and law firms are no exception. The cloud brings a plethora of benefits to law firms, including better system reliability, less IT headaches, better mobility, better accessibility across multiple locations, and (in most cases) a more predictable cost structure.

But what about security?

Data security is (obviously) important to every kind of business or organizations. But law firms, perhaps more than any other industry, have a significant obligation to keep their firm data and their client data safe. Safe from bad actors (hackers) and safe from software threats (such as viruses and ransomware).

Ostensibly, the cloud is a positive change for law firms, many of which kept highly-sensitive client data on an on-premise server, sitting unmonitored, unmanaged in a coat closet. By contrast, a (capable) cloud provider, whether it be a Software-as-a-Service (Saas) provider or a private cloud, is in the business of building and maintaining secure cloud environments, and spend considerable resources keeping data secure.

But there’s a catch.

Not all clouds are created equal.

Many cloud providers do a very good job of providing a secure computing environment for your applications and data. Many, however, do not. Some providers cut corners to offer a lower price. Others simply are new to cloud computing, and haven’t learned the intricate nuances of cybersecurity (this tends to be small, local IT firms that make a run at developing their own cloud offering).

When it comes to law firm cloud solutions, its still a bit of the Wild West. There is a shocking range of cloud providers ranging from fly-by-night riffraff to world-class, capable cloud platforms.

To help you separate the former from the latter, in this article we’ll cover the ten most important things to ensure that your client data remains secure in the cloud.

Let’s get started.

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About the Author: Dennis Dimka
Dennis Dimka is the CEO and founder of Uptime Legal Systems, North America's leading provider of technology, cloud and marketing services to law firms. Dennis is the author of Law Practice as a Service: How and Why to Move Your Law Firm to the Cloud, and was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist in 2016. Follow Dennis on LinkedIn.

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