As powerful as the cloud is, it also presents serious cybersecurity concerns for legal firms that use it improperly. According to Checkpoint and Cybersecurity Insider’s 2019 Cloud Security Report:
The bottom line is that if the cloud makes it easier for you and your staff to access your firm’s data, it can potentially make it easier for cybercriminals to do so as well. That’s why you need to protect your data in the cloud – do you have law firm IT support managing this for you?
Confidentiality is the cornerstone of any organization’s ability to do business. Especially when it comes to your data that involves employee and client information. Unfortunately, it has never been more difficult to do so. Data breaches are more common than ever before – that’s why you need encryption.
In layman’s terms, encrypted data is formatted in a secret code that would be meaningless if intercepted. It is one of the most efficient ways to secure a database given that decryption can only occur through a key, which is essentially a “secret password”. In this case, there is a need for updated encryption software to ensure that private information is only accessible through the database program.
Encryption technology is a great way to protect important data. By making data unreadable to anyone who isn’t supposed to have access to it, you can secure files stored on your systems, servers, and mobile devices, as well as files sent via email or through file-sharing services.
The growing trend of unsecured cloud configurations is due to businesses neglecting known vulnerabilities in the cloud, or failing to properly assess their cloud environment to discover unseen security risks.
Case in point – have you (or your law firm IT support) looked into cloud encryption?
This is especially important when your data is in transit – whether being sent in an email or in-between your office and your offsite data storage location. You need to make sure that if in the event the wrong party gets their hands on your data, they won’t be able to use it against you.
If the bottom line is the user experience, then the key to finding the right encryption solution is to make sure it’s easy to use.
Be sure to find one that offers the following:
The fact is that everyone has trouble with encryption (and a host of other security solutions).
Why? Because they’re often needlessly complicated.
Often the case with security software, the first concern is the effect and not the user experience. As important as it is to ensure that a solution actually does what it’s supposed to, the fact is that it won’t amount to anything if users don’t know how to use it. For example, too often, email encryption solutions require complicated, difficult to remember steps to be followed in order to work properly.
That’s why it’s wise to get a little help from law firm IT support with choosing and implementing the right solution. Your IT company should be able to assist you in finding the right encryption software for your law firm, and making sure your staff knows how to use it.
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