Recent years have witnessed seismic shifts in society. The global pandemic, political uncertainty, and public concerns about the balance between convenience and data privacy have altered the business climate. Like all companies, law firms must reevaluate and adjust to stay competitive. Technology can deliver key solutions to legal firm challenges. Attract and Retain Legal Talent The Challenge: Law firms depend on quality attorneys to attract good clients. In fact, a recent study showed that nearly half of commercial law firms cite hiring and retaining good lawyers as their greatest challenge. The pandemic highlighted the need for a work-life balance, and
Today’s regulatory environment can feel like a minefield. From SOX to HIPAA, GDPR to PCI DSS and new state privacy laws, complex regulations affect nearly every organization. And for attorneys, the landscape proves especially difficult. Each client potentially brings both sensitive data and additional regulations, adding to law firm compliance challenges. Understand How and When Regulations Apply to Law Firms Law firms occupy a unique position that makes them potentially subject to a wide range of regulations. Like any organization, they must comply with the evolving privacy laws of the state(s) in which they do businesses. However, in addition, they
Gain Control of Business Data to Reduce Costs, Increase Productivity, Inform Decisions, and Improve Security
If the specter of a data subject access request or an eDiscovery sends your organization into fire drill mode, it is time to gain control of business data. Unmanaged data reduces productivity and hampers decision making. And it creates significant compliance and security risks. On the other hand, organizations that manage data effectively see a measurable return on investment. Reduce Cost and Time of eDiscovery For many companies, the data governance wakeup call comes with a data request for pending litigation. Under a time crunch, the legal team or IT department scramble to locate relevant data spread across various on-premises
rganizations gather massive quantities of data, using that data to inform decision-making and business strategy. However, while data plays a critical role in business success, it can also increase security and compliance risks. When advising their clients on cyber security, legal teams must take into account the dangers posed by shadow data. In a digital environment dominated by cyber threats and privacy regulations, proactive organizations take great care to protect sensitive data. For instance, healthcare organizations bolster security around their EMR. But they may be neglecting shadow data, the sensitive data that lives outside the EMR, beneath the radar of
Microsoft 365 provides organizations with a host of features to improve work life. But if employees choose not to use the tools available, they miss out on collaboration benefits and create security problems. Fortunately, by presenting multi-faceted training, involving the right people, and communicating effectively, organizations can accelerate Microsoft 365 adoption. Companies move to Microsoft 365 to tap into a variety of benefits. Some hope to improve productivity. Others need to stay competitive and support remote work by moving to the cloud. But along with the clear benefits, changing office technology affects day-to-day work life for employees in significant ways.
Thousands of organizations already depend on Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) for identity and access management. But they may not be aware of all that Azure AD provides or of additional identity management services now available. The Microsoft Entra product family, including Azure AD, provides a streamlined identity platform while strengthening security. Cloud migration and remote work have changed the face of cyber security forever. Even a small to medium business must manage access for thousands of identities, from employees to contractors, devices, and services. However, traditional methods for verifying identity and managing permissions are labor-intensive and leave too many
Modern workers have thousands of apps at their disposal to help them collaborate and to streamline their work. However, when they use apps not sanctioned and controlled by the organization, they introduce risk. Wise administrators take a balanced approach to risky app usage by combining technology with user education and open communication. Shadow IT refers to the apps, devices, and other technology that employees use without the knowledge of the IT department. Often, employees use unsanctioned apps to increase their efficiency or because the approved apps feel too complex or lack desired features. Unfortunately, the employees may not recognize the
This year has seen a rise in cyber attacks on government agencies and prompted official warnings. Notably, a recent joint statement from the FBI and CISA warned schools about probable attacks. And a data breach of federal court records further spotlighted the need for improved municipal data governance and security. A perfect storm of cyber security risks makes municipal agencies particularly vulnerable to attack. In the first place, schools, courts, utility departments and other government entities store a treasure trove of sensitive information. Those same agencies often use legacy systems and lack critical cyber security infrastructure and data governance resources.
This April, “to meet the challenges of today’s decentralized, data-rich workplace” Microsoft brought its existing collection of Microsoft 365 information governance and compliance solutions together under a new umbrella. The new Microsoft Purview brand combines the capabilities of the Microsoft 365 Compliance portfolio and the former Azure Purview. Purview delivers a comprehensive set of solutions that help organizations govern, protect, and manage all their data wherever it resides. It’s a great step forward for Microsoft in providing a unified data governance and risk management solution for Microsoft 365. The new Microsoft Purview: Provides visibility into data assets across locations, devices, and apps Enables easy
In reaction to an evolving digital landscape and demands from consumers, experts predict millions of new regulations in the next decade. Maintaining and demonstrating compliance with multiple regulatory frameworks can prove costly and overwhelmingly complicated. Fortunately, modern compliance technology can significantly ease the burden of ensuring regulatory compliance. Non-compliance can bring significant consequences, including stiff fines and loss of reputation and business. However, staying on top of a constantly evolving regulatory environment can quickly exhaust time and resources. Technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and Microsoft Purview free up internal resources to focus on core business goals. Increasing Compliance