As hurricane season arrives and tornado season wraps up, the last thing on your mind may be computer data. But in reality, small law firms are subject to data protection laws that govern your own and your clients’ information, regardless of the weather.
Most small business owners assume that cloud technology providers already have the ability to protect and recover data. Isn’t that the benefit of cloud technology?
Yes—and no. Software providers serve a wide array of industries, and not every industry needs high levels of data security. The legal community does.
It’s important to know what to look for—and even more important to know that the typical cloud security standards are not adequate (legally or practically) for law firms.
An article from the small law firm group within Thomson Reuters, Getting Ahead in the Cloud: Why Small Law Firms Find Their Niche in Hosted Cloud Software lays out clear, exact standards for cloud software security. Think of:
• Data transport security
• Physical security (it’s “in the cloud” to you, but the provider has it stored in a physical location)
• Firewall/digital intrusion security
To boot, Getting Ahead in the Cloud clearly lays out the key areas where the needs
of a solo or small practice intersect with the unique features of Web-based solutions.
Download the complimentary Thomson Reuters article for a pointed, easy checklist of the protection features you need as a small law firm.