It’s obvious that technology is changing at a rapid pace. Entities such as law firms are not always at the cusp of emerging technology – and they shouldn’t be. It’s an industry where time is quite literally money and dedicating this precious resource to test unproven software can be unwise. However, given the increasing adoption rate of new technology it’s becoming more critical to stay on top of industry trends to make sure that you firm is not falling behind the competition. Time being money is a call to be as efficient and streamlined as possible.
Also, the number of threats and risks targeting firms are on the rise. Cyber-attacks and social engineering methods are becoming increasingly sophisticated and deceptive in their approach to steal confidential client and firm data. The American Bar Association reports that cyber attacks on law firms are growing by orders of magnitude. More recently, we’ve seen reputable businesses such as Facebook and British Airways fall victim to malicious breaches. As a result, firms and their clients are becoming more risk averse and paying greater attention to the security measures and practices in place to protect their reputation. And, with October globally recognised as ‘Cybersecurity Awareness Month’, there is no better time for firms to assess and strengthen any defense practices in place.
The support of a trusted technology advisor can help your firm keep on top of all things IT and leverage new innovations to retain and build your client base – while securing your business at the same time as making it more efficient. Consider these top five reasons for partnering with a technology advisor to see how you can take your firm to the next level.
1. Unlimited Access to Technical Experts
Just like the law, technology is constantly changing. So, to leverage new opportunities and be proactive against threats, you’ll need to stay ahead of the technology lifecycle curve. Partnering with a trusted managed services provider gives you unlimited access to a team of subject matter experts. They’ll act as extension to your business, guiding you on the right IT solutions for your firm as well as seamlessly delivering any changes, similar to how you advise your own clients.
2. Tighten Up Your Security
‘Bring your own device’ and remote working are now near-universal tools in the legal industry, which has reinforced legal firms as top targets, exposing them to greater risks. A single security breach can put your reputation and revenue on the line, incur significant data loss or bring operations to a halt, so it’s integral your firm has the right security practices in place.
As specialists in supporting sensitive and vulnerable firms, they’ll bulletproof your IT infrastructure and processes, and provide ongoing training to your employees as an added layer of security – ensuring your firm and its users are well-equipped in case disaster strikes.
3. Become Future-Proof and Ever-Compliant
Failing to keep up with changing laws and regulations can result in your firm having to pay hefty fines or facing worse consequences. Employ a team who can stay laser-focused on addressing these challenges. With so much else to do, it helps to know that your firm is always up-to-date and compliant with ever-changing government regulations.
4. Access Files From Anywhere
aking advantage of the flexibility and scalability offered by cloud solutions means there’s no need to worrying about forgetting an important document needed in court or at a client meeting anymore. Your firm and associates will have on-demand access to documents and files anytime, anywhere. Additionally, firms operating from multiple offices and locations can trust the cloud to remained synced at-all-times.
5. 24x7x365 Support and Monitoring
It’s difficult for an in-house IT team to juggle monitoring environments for threats, on top of handling day-to-day technical operations, and in-between working on achieving strategic IT goals. If either of these are overlooked, your firm could end up compromising on security, productivity or growth. So, it makes sense to consider having a dedicated expert in place to take full responsibility of monitoring and controlling any data breaches or cyber-attacks in your threat landscape.
More simply, you are often expected to work 24/7, so why shouldn’t we be there for you when you are?