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IT as a strategic function within law firms

Posted by Aaron Naisbitt on 20-Sep-2017 12:42:29

In order to respond to a rapidly shifting business climate, as well as deliver solutions that are tuned to the needs of your firm as a whole, your IT strategy needs to be closely aligned to your business strategy.

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Topics: IT strategy

Building a strong business case for IT investment

Posted by Nigel Wright on 12-Sep-2017 14:11:38

Investment in IT is necessary for forward-thinking law firms looking to succeed in today’s market. However, the value of IT is often underappreciated and seen as just another overhead by senior management.

It’s therefore important to understand how to write a convincing business case that helps decision makers understand why IT investments are necessary and the potential impact on the firm’s ability to compete.

Here are four steps to writing a successful business case.

 

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Topics: IT, business case

With PI reforms looming once again, how can firms adapt to survive?

Posted by Aaron Naisbitt on 30-Aug-2017 13:37:37

Back in November, a study showed that more than half of claimant PI law firms will be forced to shut down or look for other work if the government’s proposed reforms go through1. Since then, the reforms have been dropped, before being put back on the agenda in June as part of the new Civil Liability Bill.

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Topics: PI, technology, Profitability, Productivity

Law firms continue to accelerate into the cloud: The view from our MD

Posted by Nigel Wright on 20-Jul-2017 17:42:16

A recent study showed that three-quarters of law firms expect half of their IT systems to be cloud-based or a managed service within the next five years. This shift to the cloud has been predicted by the industry for a number of years but it’s only recently that momentum has really picked up.

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Topics: cloud, Legal, predictions

Your IT risk assessments will be wrong from May 2018

Posted by Converge Technology Specialists on 11-Jul-2017 10:21:49

 Law firm managers are well versed in carrying out risk assessments to justify and make decisions around IT spend. However, from May next year, risk assessments become more complex when the GDPR comes into force.

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Topics: cloud, data protection, freedoms, gdpr, IT, risk assessment, rights

The Story of a Ransomware Attack

Posted by Converge Technology Specialists on 27-Jun-2017 09:23:24

There’s been an exponential increase in the number of ransomware attacks, from nearly 4 million attempts in 2015 to 638 million in 2016. A recent survey showed that 54% of UK companies now admit to falling victim, with law firms a key target.

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Topics: cyber attack, DR, Legal, ransomware, disaster recovery

The 5 Biggest IT Threats To Your Firm’s GDPR Compliance

Posted by Converge Technology Specialists on 08-Jun-2017 12:58:56

Law firms hold a wealth of sensitive information, all of which will be subject to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Specifically, Article 5 of the GDPR requires that personal data shall be:

“processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security of the personal data, including protection against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage, using appropriate technical or organisational measures.”

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Topics: compliance, gdpr, security

Guest Blog: Building a Social Media Policy by SSB Compliance

Posted by Converge Technology Specialists on 31-May-2017 11:28:56

Social Media – there’s no escaping it in today’s workplace. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and a whole host of other platforms are now just part of the fabric of our day-to-day business lives.

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Topics: Law Firm, social media, policy, reputation, ssb compliance

GDPR and the rise of ‘datanapping’ – the new threat hitting the pockets of law firms

Posted by Natalie Fayle on 24-Apr-2017 15:48:00

You’ve heard about Ransomware. A hacker infiltrates your IT systems, locking them down until you pay a ransom. Some studies now estimate that over 50% of businesses have experienced this type of attack in the last year, and it’s particularly prevalent within the legal sector.

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Topics: attack, cloud, cyber, data, datanapping, gdpr, ransomware, security

Preparing your firm for disaster: Recommendations from our Technical Director

Posted by Andrew Taylor on 02-Mar-2017 12:02:44

Law firms hold a wealth of valuable client data and funds, all of which make them a very attractive target for criminals. As the number of cyber-attacks increases, firms are increasingly at risk of a breach. And it isn't just cyber-crime that can result in data being lost or compromised. There's the risk of physical damage to servers, lost equipment that's not adequately protected and even human error which could cause system disruption and failure.

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Topics: cyber attack, data loss, DR, Law Firm, ransomware, testing, disaster recovery

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