As cloud computing proves that it’s here to stay, every user and non-user seems to have an opinion on whether it’s a benefit or a way of making your company’s valuable assets even more vulnerable to hackers. I’m not here to change your mind one way or another, but merely to provide a few facts that might arm you to make an informed decision about cloud-based computing.
- You are using cloud computing if:
- You use an off-site backup system such as MozyPro, iDrive, or something similar
- You do on-line banking
- Your entire office system is not physically in your office, completely disconnected from any outside source
- You can remote in to your office system from your home
- We have a good number of Academy Members using CounselPro™ 7 in the cloud who find it very beneficial
- Overall, when comparing cloud-based computing to on-premise solutions, you will most likely find the costs very comparable (unless you employ both options, in which case there would be additional costs)
The biggest concern to consider is security of personal and confidential information. Although it’s a scary thought, in reality, for less than 100 dollars anyone can find a way to get your name, address, phone number, social security number, spouse’s name, children’s names, and more. For this reason, your due diligence (reasonable steps taken by a person in order to satisfy a legal requirement) is the key and having an action plan for the unexpected and unforeseen is paramount. 47 states in our nation have already composed statutes on the required steps and processes to take in the event of a security breach (hack).
Choose wisely and choose well, and always take time to fully research all your options, for you are neither right nor wrong!
Technical Services Engineer
American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, Inc.
9444 Balboa Avenue, Suite 300
San Diego, California 92123
Phone: (800) 846-1555