The mobility revolution.
According to Pew Research Internet Project, mobile technology has expanded increasingly in 2014 and will only continue to grow into 2015. Their research shows that:
- 90% of American adults have a cell phone
- 58% of American adults have a smartphone
- 42% of American adults own a tablet computer
Along with these statistics, they also show that more than half of app users have uninstalled or decided to not install an app due to security concerns.
There is increased pressure for law firms to adapt to this new mobile environment by making applications accessible outside of the office to keep productivity flowing. But, since data security is such a huge priority, there is hesitancy to log on to third-party applications for fear of exposing personal or sensitive information.
With such a large shift of cloud-based applications being installed in law firms, attorneys are faced with no choice but to access critical applications outside of the office on their mobile devices. What process does your firm have to ensure these applications are secure on these devices? Is proper due diligence being performed around the service providers and applications being used? Clients are demanding that their information be represented and stored under the highest available security protocols in the industry, but we're finding many firms are unaware or turning a blind eye to consumer app usage, creating an unnecessary liability should there be a security breach.
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