Top 5 Legal IT Trends in 2012: Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity

by David Gracey

disaster-symbols-icons-300x300Being able to survive a snowstorm, fire or other disaster is critical for today’s law firm.  A good disaster recovery (DR) plan does not have to be complicated or expensive.  Some basic procedures and solutions can be put in place to keep the lights on and folks billing, even if they cannot physically access the office.

The main cost driver behind DR plans is the amount of time to get a business back up and running after a disaster.  The closer to zero downtime, the higher the cost.  Fortunately, solutions are continuing to get more robust and less expensive.

For most law firms with fewer than 50 attorneys, a solid remote access/VPN solution in combination with offsite data protection is adequate.  This requires some investment in the infrastructure, data lines and backup solution.  Additionally, annual testing (at a minimum) is recommended so there are no surprises in case “D-day” ever occurs.  Your IT professional should be able to design and implement a good DR plan and it is always a good idea to retain a reliable third party DR expert to provide guidance, planning and auditing.

Network 1 Consulting is a 14-year-old, IT Support company in Atlanta, GA.  We become – or augment – the IT department for professional services companies: law firms, medical practices and financial services firms.  Our IT experts can fix computers – but what our clients really value is the industry-specific best practices we bring to their firm.  This is especially important with technology, along with regulations and cyber threats, changing so rapidly.  We take a proactive approach to helping our clients use technology to gain and keep their competitive advantage.

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David Gracey: Since its founding in 1998, David has grown Network 1 into a top-notch IT services company dedicated to delivering the best solutions for Atlanta’s small and mid-size businesses. His responsibilities include creating the vision and strategy for its growth and establishing the culture of Network 1.

Network 1 designs, builds and supports the IT you need to run your business more securely, productively and successfully. Whether you want to outsource all of your IT needs to a reliable, responsive, service-oriented company, or need to supplement the work of your internal IT staff, we will carefully evaluate where you are now, discuss where you want to go and implement and support a plan to get you there with as little interruption as possible.

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