Law firms have many options when it comes to file sharing, but not all of the available platforms are well-suited to the particular needs of legal work — particularly when it comes to security and governance.
In this article, we’ll talk about why secure sharing is so important (and beneficial!) for law firms, what you should look for when choosing a file sharing solution, plus some of the features and tools from NetDocuments that can help you collaborate on and share documents effectively and securely.
Attorneys have always had an ethical obligation to keep client data secure. And between the shifting workplace norms and the benefits of collaborative work, it’s more important than ever that law firms have the ability to share files securely.
With an alluring ‘freemium’ price tag, providers like Google Drive, Box, and Dropbox may seem like a great option for cloud-based file storage and sharing… but are they?
In reality, these commercial solutions are designed for user convenience, not compliance. With dozens of loopholes and workarounds, controlling user access and actions can quickly become a security and governance nightmare — even if you upgrade from those limited-feature free plans.
Unfortunately, most of these solutions are simply not cut out for the stringent security and compliance requirements that a law firm must uphold. As such, they could expose your firm to significant risk.
Of course, it’s important to point out that sometimes the pendulum swings too far in the other direction. Applying advanced security controls and other restrictions to keep information locked down can quickly become a hassle that erodes productivity. It may even push your team to seek risky workarounds and put all that effort (and cost) to waste.
But can you get the best of both worlds —security and productivity? Yes, you can. We’ll show you how.
When you have a file sharing solution that is not only secure but also easy to use, your firm can start to reap significant benefits. Here are just a few:
For more of our top tips for evaluating cloud storage options, check out this guide!
When it comes to secure file sharing, NetDocuments has you covered — whether you’re working with clients or colleagues. Our legal-centric document management platform offers state-of-the-art security infrastructure and comprehensive governance protocols. As a cloud-based platform, NetDocuments ensures you can securely access to your files from anywhere, on any device.
For example, advanced user access controls enable you to create ethical walls so you can protect confidential firm and client data from unauthorized eyes. Meanwhile, with secure file links, you don’t even need to import, export, or attach documents to share them — which means you don’t run the risk of having multiple, conflicting document versions running amok.
To collaborate with clients or other external parties, NetDocuments offers CollabSpaces, a secure way to share content from your NetDocuments system with external users — without transferring it to a third-party file sharing service or extranet. There’s no need to worry about licensing restrictions, and there’s no training required.
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