So you think your client information is safe?

If you are a lawyer born before say 1980 you can be forgiven if you find much of today’s technology a bit baffling and difficult to keep up with, given that it seems to change on a daily basis.

On the other hand if you were born after 1980 it is highly likely that you are pretty comfortable with technology and the pace of change – you know you will not break anything if you press the wrong button. There again it is also likely that your attitude toward technology and the data you put in and take from it is a lot more relaxed – and there lies the danger.

Last year the Department for Business Innovation & Skills published its 2014 Information Security Breaches Survey. You only have to look at these headline findings from this survey of 2013 to realise that challenging times lie ahead:-

  • 81% of large organisations had a security breach
  • 60% of small businesses had a security breach
  • 59% of respondents expect there will be more security incidents in the next year than last

Lawyers should not need reminding about how much client information they hold and how damaging much of that information can be in the wrong hands. They should fear the day that highly confidential documents and information are intercepted by hackers; the subsequent lawsuits and reputational damage will be expensive and could well put them out of business altogether.

So, notwithstanding the need to be constantly updated with what to do and what not to do when going through one’s inbox, sometimes, just sometimes perhaps a whole fresh look is needed. The issue of security should be high on everyone’s business development agenda. Lawyers must do all they can to ensure their client communications and documents are safe and accessible to no one but those for whom they are intended.

Of course, nothing is absolutely 100% secure in this world but our collective challenge is to make accessing confidential client information and data as continually difficult as it can possibly be for the criminally minded. The trouble is – more than 70% of lawyers in the UK still use email to carry confidential client information!

Paul Stallard May 15

Paul D Stallard – Hurndall-Stallard Associates – May 2015

Paul Stallard is an independent corporate communications consultant, and advises clients on matters relating to information security and other business-critical issues.

100% availability for Safe4 again in April 2015

Safe4 continues to record the highest possible availability levels for its secure online document delivery and storage service, with 100% availability for April 2015.  This means that the law firms, will writers, accountants, financial advisers, insurance brokers and their clients who are now using Safe4 in ever-increasing numbers to deliver and manage confidential information are enjoying completely uninterrupted access to the system, wherever they are based.  Safe4 is also used extensively in the health sector and by very high-profile groups within the UK public service, which again means that the information that they provide is available whenever it is needed.

As well as recording such high levels of availability, response times for displaying information held in Safe4 have been falling.  Information is therefore being accessed more quickly and effectively – average page display times have fallen to 477 milliseconds.

If you would like more information about Safe4, please get in touch.  We would be delighted to help you to manage confidential information with complete security.

Safe4 achieves 100% availability again in March 2015

Based on figures from an independent agency, Safe4 has been given a 100% availability rating for March 2015.  This means that not only is Safe4 among the most secure services on the internet, is is also available at any time, from anywhere.  Safe4 aims for 99.99% availability, and has reached 100% on many occasions since its inception in 2010.

Added to an average page delivery time of half a second, this makes Safe4 a fast and safe option for the delivery and management of confidential information.  This performance rating has been achieved in conjunction with ever-increasing numbers of users and volume of information stored.

For more information on how Safe4 can help your business to get information to clients and other external parties faster and more securely, please get in touch with us.  We will be very pleased to assist.