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The benefits of moving to the cloud

The recent spate of cyber attacks has highlighted the dangers of inadequate security processes for law firms, says Joshua Lenon

31 July 2017

The recent Petrwrap/Petya ransomware attack, of which DLA Piper was an unfortunate victim, was not the first cyber attack we have seen on a law firm, nor will it be the last. The attack left the firm’s offices in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, and the US without phones or email for three days and struggling to access client data over a week later. Lawyers had to request extensions in more than five cases due to their inability to access client files. Fortunately, however, in the case of DLA Piper it appears that no data has been compromised – the worst-case scenario for any firm.

More than anything, these types of attack demonstrate a law firm’s requirement to have up-to-date, expansive backups that are tested frequently. Law firms should have two backups of their data, one stored on site and one stored off site. The best software-as-a-service providers backup users’...

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