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It’s no secret that Law Firms have been facing challenges for the past few years.

Fortunately, we are now experiencing recovery, giving Law Firms a new-found confidence and optimism.

In troubled times, investing in your IT infrastructure has not been your highest priority. However, with the EU introducing fines of up to 4% of revenue for data breaches in 2016, and over 80% of businesses in the UK experiencing a cyber attack this year, now is the time to review your IT performance.

The first step in ensuring strong IT performance is an audit of your current systems and performance. So, we’ve made a short list of what we know are likely to be your Law Firm’s shortcomings.

1. You’re not investing enough in IT
The average top UK law firm spends 4.1% of revenue on IT*, this is 2-3% lower than other sectors. By investing more in your IT infrastructure, you’ll benefit from improved IT performance, reduced risk, and increased efficiency.

2. Your IT infrastructure is threatening your Business Continuity
When disaster strikes you have no choice but to continue handling your clients’ affairs and protecting their data. Your reputation depends on it.

This means an aged or weak IT infrastructure can be a death sentence for Law Firms. You need better and newer technology to protect your firm, reduce costs and increase productivity.

3. You’re using multiple data protection solutions
Many firms fall into the trap of using multiple data protection solutions. This is an approach that can make you vulnerable to protection gaps. What you need is a single, comprehensive data protection solution that will provide complete protection across your whole firm.

4. You’re not ready for mobile

With an average of 40% of lawyers using tablets and 37% constantly accessible through email via their smartphone or tablet, mobile technologies need to be leveraged.

However, there’s no denying that mobile device usage creates security concerns that cannot be ignored. Each mobile device that accesses your network creates an additional risk of a data security breach.

This means you need to manage security. You need to work with mobile, not against it. New policies, training and the use of mobile device management applications are all great places to start.

Moving forward
While these shortcomings aren’t insurmountable, they’ll definitely give your competition the upper hand. Therefore, you need to take steps to ensure you’re aware of the current trends – you need to improve your IT performance.

Simply click HERE to access our guide to improving IT performance.

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