In March, LawCloud published a White Paper called “Cloud Security Considerations: A Best Practice Guide for UK Law Firms” which can be found at http://www.lawcloud.co.uk/security. If you or your law firm are having any concerns about security with client data or with any other considerations when seeking to adopt a cloud computing model, this will be worth a read.
Cloud computing, or “Cloud” as it is becoming known, is a new choice of IT platform for lawyers in the UK and, indeed, around the world, with firms moving their IT processing and data, to servers which are located outwith their own law offices. For many of these law firms, Cloud has been an appropriate choice for them because it is a flexible and affordable alternative to traditional or ‘on premise’ server and desktop-based platforms.
Despite these benefits and the continued growth of cloud computing both by the business and legal worlds, there are still concerns that the adoption of cloud technology by law firms in the UK may bring with it security, confidentiality and data protection issues. These concerns are indeed justified if cloud computing is not implemented under expert IT guidance, particularly where the firm has no in-house IT support. Nevertheless when addressed properly, these concerns can be alleviated.
The White Paper, “Cloud Security Considerations: A Best Practice guide for UK Law Firms”, sets out to stimulate discussion about the key issues and provide practical guidelines to help law firms in the UK settle on a solid position for their cloud computing model.
What is Covered?
The following questions are answered in the White Paper:-
Does your law firm have and implement a defined security policy?
Where is your client data held? (Within the UK? or at least in the EU?)
How safe is your physical data?
How secure is your data over the Internet?
What happens if your laptop is lost or stolen?
Is your data always available?
Is your Cloud management system technically well designed?
For the Paper in full see http://www.lawcloud.co.uk/security. We have already discussed this on our Cloud for Lawyers Linkedin group, but should you wish to discuss further, comments are welcome on this blog below…