Both clients and regulatory bodies now expect an always-on law firm, and with this comes the challenges of remaining competitive and performing due practice in cybersecurity. Modern availability and resiliency expectations demand a comprehensive approach to mitigate the threats of downtime, yet this is easier said than done.

The Problem with Insurance

In many recent legal publications, cyber insurance in particular has been getting a lot of attention due to the increased prevalence of security breaches. However, this specific form of insurance isn’t fully mature yet and policies need to be reviewed carefully. Be sure to ask what the insurance provider will cover and under what circumstances, since there’s no need to invest in something that won’t benefit your firm, especially in a time of crisis.

It should go without saying, too, that insurance isn’t an end-all solution for your firm’s business continuity—nor is any other single solution adequate to fully protect your firm. As an analogy, simply having car insurance doesn’t mean that you will drive safely, that you will avoid wrecks or that you will heal if a wreck happens.

You need both a preventative and restorative approach to accomplish a comprehensive continuity strategy, which makes every solution just a portion of a wider puzzle. For restorative measures especially, you need to think about every aspect ahead of time to ensure they work as planned when an event happens—which emphasizes the importance of a well-tailored IT disaster recovery (DR) plan.

Threat Vectors and the Inadequacy of Traditional DR

Since the ever-evolving threat landscape now includes disasters beyond weather-related incidents, traditional forms of DR are no longer aligned with what it takes to protect and recover a law firm. This is because traditional DR has always been reactive, rather than proactive in recovery scenarios – which means it’s just not fast enough to keep up with the modern availability demands of legal practice.

It’s troubling to see that many are still viewing DR as a form of insurance for something that will likely never happen. Now that security incidents are no longer if but when, a new approach is necessary for proper due diligence. This why Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) has emerged and grown with such popularity among law firms.

Why DRaaS is Used for Empowerment

DRaaS has shifted traditional DR to a new perspective. Now, it has become a form of enablement, with tools that can be used for so much more than just DR. Best suited to the unique needs of your firm through the use of customizable solutions, DRaaS balances preventative and restorative measures for a holistic approach. Here are a few things DRaaS can do beyond traditional DR capabilities:

  1. Detailed processes for full integration with your cybersecurity strategy to ensure quick uptime and data protection during a breach.
  2. Modern tools for migration during infrastructure changes, upgrades or moving operations to the cloud.
  3. An environment for production testing without impacting day-to-day firm operations.
  4. Documentation and SaaS tools to monitor the health of your IT systems and their recoverability at any given point in time.

Continued legal practice demands full resiliency, and modern DR tools through the use of DRaaS make achieving this goal a possibility. Firms no longer need to worry about falling behind the curve, since DRaaS providers can give them consistent access to the latest innovations with pay-as-you-go solutions and short-term contract options.

Firms concerned about the complete coverage of their IT systems should take comfort in knowing DRaaS providers can protect outdated applications with tailored hybrid solutions – which means your firm can shed its on-premises hardware and opt for greater flexibility. With the rise of SaaS solutions to simplify daily tasks, the very make-up of a law firm is changing, making a resiliency strategy that won’t box in your firm for the next decade the most advantageous option. Read our eBook on how to stay nimble, no matter the technology evolution: “4 Drivers to Transform Availability”

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