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3 Important Data Security Considerations for Law Firms

Cloud computing is now a concept that’s familiar to most lawyers and with that increased familiarity comes trust.

Today’s lawyers know that most confidential data isn’t just stored in folders and filing cabinets. It’s saved as dozens of files on their computer or mobile device, and unfortunately, hackers know that too. In fact, the American Bar Association reported that 42 percent of law firms with up to 100 employees have experienced a data breach. That’s why getting the right data security system is a must for protecting your law firm, attorneys and clients.

Here are three things to consider when protecting your law firm’s data.

1. Policies and Procedures Based on Jurisdiction

The laws and regulations that apply to your law firm depend on what type of data your organization hosts and what legal jurisdictions it falls under. You may have to follow certain rules that dictate when you need to notify your clients about a data breach, how you need to store specific data and so on. For example, if you have health information in the United States, you must follow the HIPAA requirements.

2. The Value of Your Data

How you protect your data depends on how valuable it is. The more valuable it is, the more likely hackers are willing to go to great lengths to steal your data. That’s why it’s important to first divide your data up into levels of value and confidentiality, and then develop separate protection protocols for each.

3. Where Your Data is Located

When it comes to the encryption of your data, your firm has to consider a few characteristics: what type of data is it, where is it located and how valuable is it? How you answer each of these questions will affect the type of encryption. If your law firm’s staff stores confidential data on their phones, what would happen if they were to lose their phone? Will you encrypt your data in transit, at rest or both? These are all questions you need to answer when determining your data security.

At Rekall Technologies, we understand the importance of a security system you can rely on. That’s why our clients trust us with protecting their firm’s important data. Contact us today, or read more information about data protection on our blog!