Is your law firm or legal department safe from prying eyes? IT expert André Meyer offers advice on keeping up to date and safe

Security is a subject that I often discuss with lawyers considering adopting cloud computing into their working life. Most believe their computer systems and working behaviour render their current environment secure, however this is far from the truth.

IT2There is a perception that if a firm moves their data to the cloud, this would weaken their data security and increase the likelihood of being hacked. But the complete opposite is true. Security has a much wider meaning, and requires both technical and operational processes to work together. Security is not a destination – it is a journey.

Today lawyers spend time drafting documents, sending and receiving emails, and recording their time costs and disbursements to enable billing to be performed. If any of these business functions cannot be performed, it is a security risk to the business. This has nothing to do with the perception that most lawyers would have – that security is only about unauthorised access to a document or an email.

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André Meyer is managing director of Cloud Solutions and has worked with law firms and counsel in Hong Kong and China for over 20 years, helping to develop their IT systems