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Cloud computing: What firms need to know

Firms can benefit from the cost savings, workplace efficiencies, and security advantages of cloud technology, but cloud providers must have robust compliance and cybersecurity processes in place, advises Neal Suggs

29 March 2016

If you counsel businesses, chances are most of your clients are either already using cloud technology or trying to figure out how they can take the plunge and start using it to further their business objectives.

This technological shift to the cloud is having a significant impact on legal practices. In an era of cyber threats and a complex web of legal obligations for protecting privacy, clients need help assessing risks and ensuring compliance. They must weigh data protection authorities, Safe Harbour privacy frameworks, cybersecurity, and the jurisdictional limits of law enforcement requests for data among a myriad of other issues as they consider the move to the cloud.

One vertical that lags behind in moving to the cloud, however, is the legal profession. Given our roles and responsibilities (professional as well as legal), it's particularly important to ensure the right diligence. For l...

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