In the information age in which we live, online security is a highly discussed topic. We are witnessing and taking part in the greatest information technology revolution in history as our society undergoes the transition from a largely paper-based world to a fully digital world. As part of that transformation, we continue to demand more from the technology that we use – and we expect more aspects of our work to be improved by technology. With this transition, online security has become critical.

Businesses both small and large must manage electronic records in multiple formats and across distributed locations to serve customers. Protecting this information and managing it properly is paramount to ensuring a company’s viability and reputation. Virtually every industry and every enterprise feels the effects of this ongoing digital transformation, whether from its own initiative or due to pressure from competitors – the legal industry is no exception. Implementing sophisticated and powerful cybersecurity measures for your firm is not an option, it’s essential. The importance of online security is only growing as security breaches become more common.

According to Verizon, web application attacks are the leading cause of confirmed breaches. Online security violations accounted for over 40 percent of incidents resulting in a data breach, and were the single-biggest source of data loss. The Akamai Q3 State of the Internet Security Report states that web application attacks have grown 69 percent in 2017 compared to Q3 2016. While the stakes couldn’t be higher, there are some lessons we can draw from the big application vulnerabilities, data breaches, and cyber attacks we witnessed in the past year.

Security innovation is most critical in today’s online industry. Technology providers such as dealcloser have partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to ensure the highest quality of cybersecurity. AWS delivers services to more than one million active customers, including enterprises, educational institutions, and government agencies in more than 190 countries. AWS’ clientele includes financial services providers, healthcare providers, and government agencies, all who trust AWS with data of the most sensitive nature.

By partnering with AWS, dealcloser stores your confidential data within data centers that are certified with numerous certifications including, among others, ISO 27001 (Security Management Controls), ISO 27018 (Personal Data Protection), SOC 1 (Audit Controls), SOC 2 (Security, Availability and Confidentiality) and SOC 3 (General Controls) certifications. dealcloser’s data centers are also compliant with privacy legislation from various jurisdictions including the US, the EU and Canada.

When choosing a legal technology, ensure that the technology properly encrypts your data. Data transferred between your computer and the application should be encrypted in transit, or while it travels from point to point. Your data should also be encrypted while at rest, or while being stored within a data center. Both types of encryption together (along with other important security measures) ensure that your data is secure.

Finally, ensure that your legal technology provider undergoes regular penetration testing to make certain that security measures and protocols are maintained at the highest standard.

As our world becomes more heavily dependant on online services, law firms must keep customer trust a top priority. The best way to do so is to provide an appropriate level of security and privacy protection for systems and data. As consumers, we should also be aware of who we are sharing our information with. Visit dealcloser’s security page to learn more about the industry leading security measures that we implement to keep your data confidential and secure.