April was a hectic month for a lot of reasons. Somehow I missed being quoted in an article in the Canadian Lawyer magazine. The article – Maintaining client confidentiality in a mobile world – actually meshes well with a presentation I justed posted over here. Here is the meat of what I said:
David Whelan has explored many of the options and issues surrounding them, from the technical perspective. Whelan is the manager of legal information with the Law Society of Upper Canada and author of Practice Law in the Cloud. He points out there are a variety of ways for lawyers to work remotely while having access to their office files. “A law firm using a virtual private network, a virtual desktop tool like GoToMyPC, or even a personal cloud tool like Tonido, could leave their files and data on their internal computers and access them from outside their office,” he says. “Cloud computing shifts the responsibilities. If a law firm is enabling remote access to internal computers and files, then they bear the responsibility of ensuring that the technology is implemented to limit unauthorized access. If they put it in the cloud, that technology obligation shifts to the cloud provider. In either case, the lawyer needs strong passwords, needs to understand what those implementing the technology/security are doing, and, of course, continues to have his professional obligations.”
Lawyers who want to have a mobile practice can develop their technology in a variety of ways, using a number of free and fee-based tools. They can opt for cloud-based resources or they can leave it all in their office. The fundamentals – passwords, encryption, staff supervision – are the same in either place.
Funnily enough, I’m not sure that the Thomson Reuters Canadian Lawyer people know that the book they mention is a Thomson Reuters Carswell publication! Nice product placement but inadvertent, I think.