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. Official Cloud Guidelines, if you like.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published:
The Law Society of England & Wales.
Cloud Industry Forum.
The Law Society of British Columbia.
The Ministry of Justice guidance – CJSM users must comply with.
Microsoft Office 365 – A view on the UK legal Sector guidance.
Cyber-security Information Sharing Partnership (CiSP)
CESG (Communications Electronics Security Group)
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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