Cloud Computing Trend Raises Ethical Issues

CBA report discusses confidentiality concerns

As more lawyers struggle to cut costs and boost office efficiency, many are turning to Internet-based data storage and client services computer programs.

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  • Allen Falcon

    What I find most interesting about the discussion around cloud computing and data security and privacy is how often opinions and decisions are made without a great basis in facts.

    When you compare the use of a secure cloud computing service with in-house data storage, keep in mind that most lawyers have laptops. And laptops are one of the least secure methods of data storage.

    Here are some facts:
    * Fewer than 8% of laptop users encrypt the data stored on the laptop hard drive
    * 1 in 10 laptops is lost or stolen within the first 12 months of purchase
    * Data from laptops is often shared using insecure methods, such as USB Drives (in a recent survey 66% of respondents reported losing a USB drive with sensitive information on it)

    When you keep your data in a secure cloud service, it is:
    * Encrypted in transit and at rest
    * Protected by strong password protections (and optional 2-factor authentication)
    * Stored redundantly for reliable access
    * Securely accessible from nearly any device or location

    In addition, cloud services like Google Apps for Business, let you securely share information without having to send email attachments.

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