Law Firms Should Move to the Cloud

There are always debates about the pros and cons of moving to the cloud and while we have been in favor of law firms making the move for the past 3 years, many others are now coming around.  Recently there was an interesting article in Law Technology News, called “5 Reasons to Virtualize Law Firm Computing” (click here for the entire article) that outlined their Top 5 reasons to move to the cloud.  While most of the Top 5 are things we’ve heard before like profitability, ease of use, and product offerings, security cracks the list at number four.  This is a controversial one as we talk to firms frequently who feel like outsourcing makes their data less secure and reliable.  We understand this sentiment but agree that virtualization and moving to the cloud makes your environment more secure.

A vendor who is in the business of providing cloud services to law firms should spend a significant amount of money on security, more than most law firms could find room in the budget for.  Additionally, there are many ways you vet your potential technology vendors to find out which ones take data security seriously and which don’t.  The alternative for most firms is to buy all of the equipment and hire an IT manager or outsourced IT services provider to manage the on site environment.  In most cases, this leaves the keys to the IT kingdom in the hands of one individual which is a significant vulnerability for any law firm.  As you’re thinking about moving to the cloud, security should be one of the first things you consider and should definitely be a positive in almost every case.

To read the entire article and see the LTN Top 5, click here.

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