As companies invest in new technology, cloud software has been the logical next step for achieving business innovation at reduced costs. In a few industries, there has been reluctance to adopt cloud solutions because of concerns over security.
The transactional nature of the legal industry means that the reliability of IT is critical, and the possibility of downtime due to a power outage or ransomware means there is significant value in the adoption of a cloud solution. Overcoming concerns about security opens the door for legal firms to enjoy the reliability of a cloud environment.
Here are a few of the ways in which cloud computing is overcoming reservations within the legal industry:
Security: Rather than presenting a security risk, cloud software offers more vigorous protection against viruses and hackers than the options available through on-premises storage and backup software. It’s still critical that law firms fully examine the security standards and features of any cloud solution to be sure they meet international regulations for protecting privacy of clients.
Law firms also need to be familiar with the data sovereignty that comes with a cloud environment, as well as privacy concerns and legal domains for storage of data.
Business continuity: Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) available through cloud solutions makes the best and newest backup and recovery systems available to even smaller firms. Data is stored in a far-off location, intended to protect against local disaster events. In the replication process, the data is encrypted, and the entire backup and storage is complete in a manner of minutes.
Few hardware investments: Cloud solutions require little or no hardware investment, so law firms avoid incurring the cost of equipment that depreciates. Less hardware to manage frees up IT teams to focus on infrastructure of the cloud environment and managing workloads.
Onsite IT: In-house IT teams frequently spend time and resources on security concerns and managing updates for on-premises software. The implementation of a cloud solution means IT teams are no longer putting out fires, but instead are able to provide insight into future plans for technology investments and the optimization of the firm’s systems.
To learn more about how cloud technology can lower your costs and improve process efficiency, talk with our consultants at eXemplify. We can discuss your security concerns and demonstrate how cloud solutions help you achieve the level of protection necessary for ensuring the privacy of your clients.