More and more law firms are beginning to use cloud based software for part or all of their business. According to the American Bar Association, 52% of all law firms used some form of cloud software in 2017, and the figure is growing.
However, there are still a lot of firms in the UK who do not use cloud based software and one of the reasons given is that they hold a lot of sensitive information and therefore they can be a target for hackers. Many lawyers believe by holding the information on their own servers they are at less risk. It is true that there have been some high-profile security breaches of cloud platforms, but these have been largely due to human error rather than some sort of fault with the cloud.
At DPS software we have a dedicated Information Security team to ensure that our law practice management software is at the forefront of information security within the legal sector. Our company received its certificate of accreditation to the ISO/IEC 27001:2005 international standard for information security management in 2012, and has recently been upgraded to the new standard- ISO/IEC 27001:2013. In order to gain this accreditation, we were audited by the British Standards Institution (BSI) over a Stage 1 preliminary audit and a two day Stage 2 certification audit.
We are also Cyber Essentials certified. All of our clients’ data is stored in our own data centre and is backed up using the Bunker’s cloud storage facilities which means that we fully comply with the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
As you can readily see, we take our clients’ security very seriously. Indeed, we believe that our security measures are far superior to those of many law firms who store their data locally. An additional advantage of using DPS Software is that you will almost certainly be able to negotiate a lower insurance premium as you can show your insurers that your cyber security is of the highest order.
With DPS Cloud you pay a monthly fee which makes it easy to budget. It also means that you avoid the unexpected breakdown of a local server and the associated costs of the maintenance of an IT infrastructure. Of course, you also have the great advantage of being able to access every single piece of information and every file on every client you have, from anywhere that there is an internet connection.