Top Cloud-Based Software Security Concerns for Legal Departments

published on Cloud technology, Legal Technology
The battle continues to play out between legal departments and technologies. The recently published Netwrix 2015 Cloud Security Survey reveals what prevents professionals from adopting cloud-based technologies, how critical the issue of security is, and its effect on the decision-making process.

Top Concerns Hindering Cloud Adoption:

The biggest concerns that prevent small and medium-sized organisations from adopting cloud technology are the security and privacy of sensitive data at 60 percent. This means that cloud-based providers face an additional challenge to ensure that security measures are integrated into their system. In terms of the legal profession, this means that lawyers are reluctant to trust providers with their sensitive information until they are absolutely sure that cloud providers can offer better security than on-premise solutions.

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Changes to Security Policy:

Clearly, successful cloud adoption in organisations is impossible without modifying internal security policies according to the new IT infrastructure. The largest portion of small businesses reported they would make changes to identity and authentication management, because they are more price-sensitive and would have a difficult time recovering from the costs associated with a data breach. Small businesses pointed out that end-user device security is also a major concern, since they are more likely to employ freelancers or remote workers that use their personal devices.

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Reasons for Adopting Cloud Technology:

For small businesses, the main driver behind adopting cloud technology is the scalability, which allows small businesses to save a place for growth. Instead of purchasing more money in server capacity and hardware, organisations just have to adjust their license agreement. Additionally, small businesses seek flexibility in resource utilisation because compared to on-premise options, cloud-based solutions are sold on a subscription basis and often include storage.



Meeting Compliance Requirements:

Compliance is often a stumbling block for cloud-based providers and regulatory authorities. The majority of the respondents reported that their industry organisations fall under certain industry regulations. These organisations value cloud-based providers that are able to offer secure services and controls to help their clients meet compliance requirements and pass audits. Legal departments are not likely to adopt cloud-based technology unless it guarantees full data protection, since they may be heavily fined for not meeting compliance regulations.

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Takeaway:

While organisations express a high interest in using cloud-based technologies, security concerns prevent companies from fully adopting cloud technologies. They are still apprehensive when migrating data to t he cloud, preferring to store part of the data on premises. However, since organisations expressed an interest in adjusting their internal security policies, this means that interest in cloud-based solutions will continue to grow as companies take measures to improve security.

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