“The Dark Side of Cloud Computing” by Sensei’s Sharon Nelson and John Simek was featured in the May 2018 issue of The Legal Secretary. The Legal Secretary is a publication of Legal Secretaries, Inc (LSI) which has approximately 1,500 members and members-at-large and 37 local associations throughout the state of California. LSI is dedicated to educating legal secretaries and promoting high ethical standards among law office support staff in the legal community. LSI’s motto “Excellence through Education” is paramount in the goals and objectives of this organization.
Excerpt: We have said for many years that the cloud will generally protect a law firm’s data better than the law firm would itself. As more and more law firms adopt Microsoft Office 365, thereby moving to the cloud, we have come to the conclusion that a few words of caution are in order when law firms entrust their data to the cloud.
With huge volumes of law firm confidential data (and data from other verticals) moving to the cloud, it is no wonder that the bad guys are taking aim at the clouds. And there seems to be a shift afoot, in which the main responsibility for protecting corporate data in the cloud belongs to the cloud customer rather than the cloud provider.
The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) recently issued the latest version of its Treacherous 12 Top Threats to Cloud Computing Plus: Industry Insights report.
While there are many security concerns in the cloud, CSA’s list focuses on 12 concerns specifically related to the shared, on-demand nature of cloud computing. CSA conducted a survey of industry experts to gather professional opinions on the greatest security issues involving cloud computing. In order of severity, here are the 12 risks.