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Publications and Official Cloud Guidelines.

Various organisations have published and commented upon the use of cloud services over the years. Here is a small selection of those, which are most relevant to your practice, together with links to them.

 

 SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority) – Thought provoking document.

  SRA – Silver Linings – Cloud Computing, Law Firms and Risk (PDF Download)

 The Law Society of Scotland has published guidance for lawyers.

  Law Society guidance on cloud computing for law firms

 The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has also published:

ICO_logo  ICO Guidance on the use of Cloud Computing
  Easy to use Data protection Self Assessment Toolkit

〉〉 The Law Society of England & Wales.

  See: Practice Notes on Cloud Computing

 

 Cloud Industry Forum.

4  Paper 6 – A Buyers Guide to Cloud Services (PDF Download)
  Cloud Adoption Roadmap
  Cloud Industry Forum resource Centre

 The Law Society of British Columbia.

lsbc-logo-500x158  Practice Resource Cloud Computing Checklist

 The Ministry of Justice guidance – CJSM users must comply with.

Ministry_of_Justice_logo.svg  Ministry of Justice guidance on Cloud Computing and CJSM

 

 Microsoft Office 365 – A view on the UK legal Sector guidance.

office-logo_v3  A paper published by Microsoft with their view on compliance of Office 365 for the UK Legal Sector

 Cyber-security Information Sharing Partnership (CiSP)

  A joint industry government initiative to share cyber threat and vulnerability information

  CESG (Communications Electronics Security Group)

  The Cyber Essentials Scheme

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A Final Word…

As the Law Society notes, “Cloud systems may provide an alternative means of storing and processing data.”

Depending on whom you talk to, “Cloud computing” may be simply the latest IT buzz word or a dynamic infrastructure used by many organisations. Cloud computing providers claim that they can offer law firms a low-cost alternative to storing and processing data and software on their own computer or local server. Instead, data and software is stored and processed remotely in the cloud provider’s data centre, accessed as a service by using the internet.

One of the main benefits of cloud computing is that it is paid for on a service basis which avoids high initial investment and ongoing upgrade fees associated with software licensing. Other benefits cloud providers claim to offer include increased flexibility for the user, the availability of support and maintenance, the ability to respond more quickly to changing IT demands and simplification of IT systems.”

The Law Society notes that, “like all IT developments, cloud systems present a new set of risks and concerns”. Their advice note is intended to highlight important cloud computing issues to help lawyers decide if a cloud system is right for them and for their law firm.

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