Making the Leap to the Cloud: Is My Data Private And Secure? (Part 1 of 4)

October 11, 2013

Law in the CloudAs more government agencies are making the decision to move their IT to the cloud, they are already seeing the benefits, with increased storage capacity, low maintenance, and reduced costs.

Yet, despite these advantages, some agencies are still hesitant to make the switch. Like many of these agencies, you may wonder: Is cloud computing secure? Can I trust a third party with my data? And with so many cloud computing providers to choose from, you might ask: How do I choose the right provider?

In this series we will discuss the many advantages of cloud computing, and address concerns that you may have around the safety of your organization’s data, and the security and privacy of cloud computing solutions. We will also offer advice on how to choose the right cloud computing provider for your organization.

Part One: The Benefits of Cloud Computing

This week we focus on the key benefits that cloud computing can offer for your organization.

But first, let’s begin by defining cloud computing. Also referred to as hosted computing, cloud computing generally refers to a complete software solution that your organization accesses over the Web.

It provides secure anytime-anywhere access, high-level security and data privacy, and it holds the potential to bring about some of the most far-reaching efficiency and productivity improvements seen by the legal profession.

Wait a minute…Can cloud computing really have this great of an impact on the legal profession?

We believe that it can, and here are a few reasons why:

• Reduced costs – organizations pay incrementally for cloud computing software, saving money and making budgeting easier and more predictable.

• Safer data – cloud computing offers an unprecedented level of physical protection against fire, flood, data theft, and other concerns.

• Anytime/anywhere data access – you can access hosted data from anywhere, anytime. You can also choose to give your employees any level of access, from full 24/7 access to total lockout.

• Increased storage capacity – you can store more data than with on-site hosted servers, and storage capacity is easy to upgrade when needed.

• Worry-free maintenance – hardware, software, and security upgrades are handled automatically by professional data center staff. You will always have the latest and most secure technology, with no additional cost or downtime.

But despite the many advantages, cloud computing still makes some organizations a little uncomfortable, simply because it requires you to think about our data in a different way. How do you know your data is safe when you can’t see it? Can you trust a third party with such important information?

Next week we will address these concerns and clarify some of the complexities around the physical and electronic security of cloud computing solutions.