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3 Reasons Hybrid Clouds Make the Most Sense for Law Firms

Posted by Keith Shaffer May 29, 2017 8:30:00 AM

What’s most important to you as a law firm? Billable hours? Privacy/security? Cost containment?

If your answer is “all three,” then it’s time to consider moving to a hybrid cloud IT solution.

Some of the challenges that law firms face today include:

  • Support for an increasingly demanding and mobile workforce: Attorneys are constantly outside the office, be it at court, a client site or simply traveling to the next meeting. Anything less than instantaneous access to critical case files and legal data is not acceptable. Convenience and ease of use are also critical requirements as they seek to increase billable hours.
  • Information at your fingertips: Attorneys need access to data that is some of the most sensitive imaginable, ranging from personal client data, and privileged information on upcoming mergers/acquisitions to client intellectual property (IP) and more.
  • Cost containment: As it’s not a core competency, there are few law firms that have the staff in-house to support leading-edge IT. In fact, law firms are some of the most under-resourced when it comes to technology support, leading to antiquated systems that are increasingly difficult to maintain, manage and secure with so few resources.
  • Security client privacy and data: It’s hard to come up with an environment more ripe for attack and hackers are taking notice. Without the right controls in place, law firms are increasingly viewed as the next big cyberattack opportunity, a one-stop shop, where they can siphon off a wealth of lucrative data, quickly, easily and usually unnoticed.  

How Hybrid Clouds Solve Law Firm Challenges:

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4 Ways Your MSP Enhances Your Move to the Cloud

Posted by Keith Shaffer May 19, 2017 8:00:00 AM

As more organizations make the move to the cloud, they are questioning the role their managed services provider (MSP) plays within their overall IT strategy. Far from reducing their dependence on managed services, however, smart organizations are realizing that careful leveraging of an MSP is critical to their cloud success.

Once seen strictly as a way to reduce infrastructure costs or offload mundane IT tasks, today’s MSPs have morphed to become true business partners, especially for organizations making the leap to the cloud. Research from CompTIA finds that just 30% of MSP users cite cost savings as a primary driver, down from 57% just one year prior. Instead, organizations expect far more from their MSPs, moving beyond simple endpoint or server management to higher level information/data management. They increasingly want their MSPs to manage disparate on-premise, cloud, social, and network services, and more just over half (52%) say they have worked with an MSP on their most recent cloud initiatives.

 

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Topics: Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, Network Safety, Data Protection, MSP

The Anatomy of an Email Attack

Posted by Lauren Hanlon May 15, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Now that you know ransomware attacks are on the rise we thought it would be useful to share some real world examples of just how sneaky these email threats can be. Below are three suprisingly common examples of how a cybercriminal can use your own email against you. Even Yahoo! wasn't safe from an email attack.

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Topics: Cyber Security

What we know about NHS Hack so far

Posted by Lauren Hanlon May 12, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Britain's National Health Service (NHS) said it had suffered a major cyber attack on Friday that disrupted  surgeries and hospitals, mainly in England. The NHS was hit with ransomware that holds your data hostage until payment has been made. Here is what we know so far: 

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Topics: Cyber Security

Where is the Cloud Headed?

Posted by Keith Shaffer May 11, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Not too many years ago, few companies were brave enough to run their mission-critical business applications in the cloud. Fast forward to today, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a single company that isn’t using cloud computing in some form or another – and some that are actually running their entire business in the cloud. With such a rapid rate of change, how can today’s enterprises (and their IT organizations) keep pace with the cloud and ensure they capitalize on it going forward?

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Topics: Cloud Computing

The Rise of the Hybrid Cloud Bandwagon

Posted by Lauren Hanlon May 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

What’s behind the mass appeal of the hybrid cloud model? 

Here’s the deal: many organizations still rely on their on-premise, legacy systems but want to take advantage of the cloud. Reasons such as cost, complexity and security prevent organizations from a full cloud migration. At the same time,  IDC reports that 92 percent or organizations have digital business initiatives; 90 percent called digital business “a top IT priority”, and 44 percent called it their number-one priority.

 

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Topics: Cloud Computing

Email Security: More Crucial Than Ever

Posted by Keith Shaffer May 1, 2017 8:30:00 AM

In today’s hyper-connected world, email-based communications are not just commonplace – they are a fundamental cornerstone for effectively conducting business.  

Emails offer hackers a vehicle to exploit a variety of vulnerabilities in an organization and we want to make sure you’re protected. 

Most email threats fall into one of these seven categories:

  1. Malware
  2. Ransomware
  3. Phishing
  4. Spear Phising/ Whaling
  5. Business EMail Compromise
  6. Spam
  7. Outbound Email Hijacking

 

One of our partners, Sonicwall, put together a great brief that details:

  • The 7 types of email threats mentioned above
  • What your email security solution should include

 

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Topics: Cyber Security