Law firms have a lot of data that can stand to be backed up offsite.

Offsite backup key in legal professions

Stephen Perkins

Law firms deal with a lot of sensitive material. Many files have to do with information that is privy only to lawyers and their clients. This confidential data needs to be treated with the utmost care. Lawyers and their firms could suffer vast legal and financial repercussions should files of this nature fall out of the system – maliciously or otherwise. In the eyes of the law, there are no excuses when it comes to issues of this nature. 

Not only that, the files themselves need to be duplicated in case of an emergency. There are any number of phenomena that can occur to an office building, like fires and flooding. Instances such as these can leave servers and onsite, physical backups ruined, if not completely destroyed. This can leave firms stuck not only without their files, but with pending malpractice litigations on their plates as well.

This is why Idaho Business Review contributor Nicole Black wrote that law firms need to be seeking out offsite backup solutions. There is so much that can potentially go wrong when dealing with technology, and a lot of it has nothing to do with the hardware or programming.

Unfortunately, natural disasters cannot be predicted far enough in advance to handle data recovery procedures on a case by case basis. Without warning, entire buildings and networks can be decimated. This is why hosted data management can also be useful. IT departments generally have a lot on their plates, handling help requests and maintaining systems. By outsourcing these responsibilities to a trusted provider, law organizations will be able to have the most up-to-date versions of the essential files and system settings. Should there also be online backup in play, redundancies can be accessed almost instantaneously.

Categories: Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Online Backup