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.
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.
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.
Law firms need to tighten up their email security and revisit their cybercrime prevention strategies as there has been a significant increase in the number of attacks against law firms.
This article originally featured in the February issue of Managing for Success. You can view the full edition here.
The legal sector is clearly sceptical about cloud services – only 15 per cent of law firms currently use the technology. But, says Nigel Wright, the rest are missing out on real benefits to their business, people and clients
When it comes to moving to the cloud, listening to the experiences of others is essential. Learning from their successes, and the things they’d do differently, is invaluable for shaping your approach. It’s vital to get real-world insight from practitioners in other firms. That’s why we were delighted that Michael McGuire, IT Director at Linder Myers, was able to share his recommendations and experience at today’s Alternative Legal IT conference.
Flexible working is an increasingly relevant topic across all organisations. Employees have the statutory right to request a flexible working pattern. Many firms are discovering that offering flexibility in working hours and location doesn’t just keep employees happy and meet statutory requirements, but also opens up new opportunities to improve customer service. In this blog, we discuss the benefits to your firm and the way that cloud technology enables your colleagues to access the systems they need to, securely, from any location.
Cloud computing is proliferating the legal sector as firms see the benefits of having effective business continuity procedures in place and being able to offer staff more flexibility around how and where they work.
Without a doubt the rate of change in the legal sector has accelerated noticeably over the last few years and is unlikely to slowdown any time soon.
Not only is the sector being influenced by regulatory changes such as the advent of Alternative Business Structures, unthinkable law firm failures are on the rise and consolidations are commonplace. Alongside this an evolving technological revolution has brought us smart phones, tablets and broadband with free Wi-Fi have, providing, at long last, an enhanced level of computer usability, with Apple setting the bar with its App Store.
As part of its Risk Outlook, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has recently taken a close look at Cloud computing and published its guidance in a document called Silver Linings: Cloud computing, Law Firms and Risk.
The Risk Outlook 2013 highlighted ‘lack of due diligence over outsourcing arrangements’ as a potential risk; citing that ‘whenever firms outsource activities, it is important that appropriate controls are in place to manage associated risks’.