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Cloud storage: risks and rewards
Damian Huon of Huon IT explains to Australasian Lawyer the tricky issue of cloud storage and how firms might go about it if they want to make the leap.
Video transcript below:
Damian Huon, CEO, Huon IT
Damian Huon: It’s my view that firms face a number of security challenges today and I think that it brought to a head by current trends around cloud and also mobility and it’s really not a big issue to resolve. There are fantastic security professionals out there that could provide a security audit to assist the firm to shape their security profile and implement best practice solution.
Reporter: In a world where information is increasingly stored and exchanged digitally, is the legal world lagging behind? Cloud storage and mobile filing systems have existed for years. But uptake among law firms has been slow because of the associated privacy risks. Daman Huon of Huon IT explains that in theory there are many benefits to cloud storage.
Damian Huon: There are a heap of benefits for cloud. It’s just the question of timing in my mind and weighing up the risks of moving to the cloud. So in terms of I guess benefit is significant cost reduction over time. And that would come with a move from Capex investment to Opex, should also reduce IT administration and give you great flexibility around your resources.
Reporter: However a move to the cloud storage model obviously comes with sizable risks, especially when employees embrace bring your own device initiatives.
Damian Huon: Risky area is BYOD and it’s my view, I mean there is a number of ways to skin a cat, but it’s my view that any firm approaching BYOD should do it in a virtualised environment, which essentially means there is no doubt footprint on the device that the staff member brings to the office. Data sovereignty is obviously another key risk and what might catch people by surprise, despite having the data centre in their own territory, a lot of these larger providers have a [fail over course], which means that in the event of disaster or business interruption, business not being financially successful in the Australian marketplace, they have to write to move their data back to where they have come from, in most cases the U.S. Oh the other area to also pay some attention to is internal security. It’s quite common for us to walk into a law firm and find very relaxed security and significant risk amongst internal teams looking at data they shouldn’t, whether that be HR or an opposing mitigation section. So internal security also needs some careful management.
Reporter: Huon recommends firms dip their toe into cloud storage first before they go the whole hog and suggests road testing a private cloud to ensure a safer transition.
Damian Huon: Map out your strategy, put your toe in the water first, try software as a service, looking at non-critical applications like CRM tools or HR. Certainly right now most firms should have a private cloud, so they should be virtualised whether that be inhouse or in a data centre that they rent and then the move from private cloud to a more traditional cloud, more public cloud model.
Making a graceful exit: Advice for lateral hires
For any firm the departure of a partner can be disruptive, especially if they are moving across to a competitor. Lisa Gazis of Mahlab Recruitment talks us through some of the most common mistakes Partners make when moving on.
Mentoring the next generation of Indigenous lawyers
Law firm Gilbert and Tobin has partnered up with the University of New South Wales to pair law students with lawyers as part of an Indigenous mentoring program. Mentor Norman Laing and mentee Stephanie Gray explain the merits of mentoring in the legal profession.
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Scott Kennedy talks to Australasian Lawyer about Curwoods' artist in residence program and how current artist Becky Gibson inspires the firm.
Keeping gender on the agenda
It takes a committed effort, not just a few policies to tackle gender equality in your firm, according to Jane Hodder, Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills. Jane tells us what the gender landscape at Herbert Smith Freehills looks like going forward.
Privacy: Put yourself in the consumers' shoes
12 months after the Australian Privacy Principles were introduced; companies are still inadvertently compromising the privacy of personal information. Gilbert + Tobin partner, Peter Leonard, says there has been a rise in the unauthorised use of personal information by businesses, and thus firms must be advising how the principles can be effectively implemented.
Lawyers in tune with entertainment space
The specialist entertainment law space is vibrant and growing, but what sets it apart? Julian Hewitt of Media Arts Lawyers explains the varied nature of working in the creative world.