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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


Law firms keenly aware of the IT security risks


Email the primary means to share files


Reliance on statements of confidentiality


“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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About Frank Strong

Frank Strong
Frank Strong is the communications director for the LexisNexis software division located on NC State’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh. In this capacity, he leads communications efforts in support of software products for law practice and law department management and also litigation tools – across large law, small law and corporate counsel segments. With more than 15 years of experience in the high-tech sector, Strong previously served as director of public relations for Vocus, which developed marketing, PR and media monitoring software. He has held multiple roles both in-house with corporations, ranging from startups to global organizations, and has also endured the rigors of billable hours, having completed gigs at PR firms including the top 10 global firm Hill & Knowlton. A veteran of two year-long deployments, Strong has concurrently served in uniform in reserve components of the military for more than 20 years, initially as an enlisted Marine and later as an infantry officer in the Army National Guard. 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. He is a PADI-certified Master Scuba Diver and holds a USPA "B" skydiving license.


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