This spring, Bluelock Solutions from InterVision conducted a survey titled “2018 Legal Data Protection & Recovery,” focusing on the legal industry. The results found an overconfidence and mismatched expectations toward IT disaster recovery (IT-DR) within law firms. Here are a few responses that stuck out to us:
All of these aspects contribute to an overall weakened IT stance in mitigating risks of data loss and ensuring fast recovery following a disaster event or cyber breach. It’s no surprise that 66% of respondents claim an increase in client inquiries—wouldn’t anyone be concerned? Clients want to know if their personal and/or business information will be confidential to ensure proper counsel—and having an IT-DR plan that’s not been tested and therefore, lacks evidence of recoverability, makes the firm questionable in their eyes.
The results showcase some troubling disconnects. We recommend testing your IT-DR plan at least twice a year to track its effectiveness and having a runbook to ensure smooth recovery. Having a verifiable and ironclad IT strategy eases client concerns and guards against cyber threats. Firms that expect to have their Tier 1 applications recovered within 24 hours have little actual chance of accomplishing this goal without a High Availability environment, or at the very least a cloud-based IT-DR strategy.
To read the full results from Bluelock’s “2018 Legal Data Protection & Recovery Survey” – click here.
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