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Study tells a Story about Law Firm File Sharing

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If data could speak for itself…it might tell a story.

The story that unfolded from a survey of law firms we published today goes like this:

File sharing is increasingly important in law firm collaboration and while those firms are keenly aware of the consequences of IT security risks, unencrypted email – reinforced with a statement of confidentiality – remains the primary mechanism for sharing files.

The data does have a caveat:  This tends to be truer for smaller firms than it is of larger firms. Cross-tab analysis indicates many large law firms have technologies and policies in place to address file sharing.

View an infographic of the data and register to download
a comprehensive report (PDF):
File-Sharing in the Legal Industry

Data in Storyboard Format

We’ve included the findings in a Law Firm File Sharing in 2014 SlideShare presentation embedded at the very bottom – and wanted to call out these four charts which we think articulate the conclusions.

File sharing is increasingly important in law firm collaboration

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Law firms keenly aware of the IT security risks

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Email the primary means to share files

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Reliance on statements of confidentiality

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“There’s clearly a disconnect between expressed security concerns – and measures law firms employ to protect their clients and themselves,” remarked our own Christopher T. Anderson, in a survey announcement.  “Law firms are caught in a bit of a bind because their clients demand a simple way to collaborate, but the risks, as this survey found, are exceptionally high,” he later added.

Presentation:  Law Firm File Sharing in 2014

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What story do you see in the data? Please feel free to comment on the survey.

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The Legal Cloud:  A Question of Security, Ethics

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About Frank Strong

Frank Strong
Frank Strong is the communications director with Business of Law Software Solutions (BLSS) a division of LexisNexis. In this capacity he directs communications strategy and execution in support of BLSS products including those for large law, small law and corporate counsel. With 15 years in experience in the marketing communications for the high-tech sector, Strong previously served as director of PR for Vocus, which develops marketing, PR and media monitoring software. He’s held multiple roles in PR both in-house with corporations, and has also endured the rigors of billable hours, having completed gigs at PR firms both large and small. A veteran with two deployments, Strong has concurrently served in uniform in reserve components of the military for 20 years, initially as an enlisted Marine and later as an Army officer. Strong holds a BA in Film and TV production from Worcester State University, an M.A. in Public Communication from American University, and an M.B.A. from Marymount University.

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