Cloud computing

You may want to consider using cloud computing for your firm’s IT needs. Cloud computing is the delivery of services, for example storage and computing power, over the internet by a supplier.

Benefits of cloud computing

These include:

  • your data storage and handling capacity is increased
  • your IT infrastructure and support costs could be lower
  • your cloud capacity can be increased simply
  • you have access to your files anywhere, on any device
  • your software updates are completed by suppliers
  • your data is backed up

For these reasons, small to medium-sized firms in particular may benefit from using cloud computing services.

Risks of cloud computing

These include:

  • client data is at risk if the cloud is breached
  • if the cloud server is unavailable you will not be able to access your data
  • you may have less visibility and control of your data

Choosing a cloud supplier

To minimise risks, you may like to check your supplier:

  • is reputable and well-established
  • can comply with regulatory obligations, for example under the GDPR
  • is ISO 27001-accredited, the international standard for information security management
  • has security measures to protect data from hacking
  • encrypts data in storage and in use
  • has added security measures, for example two-factor authentication, which is another method of confirming someone’s identity beyond a username and password

Resources

Read our blog on cloud computing for law firms.

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