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
- 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
- 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
Read our blog on cloud computing for law firms.
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