Clearing away cloud computing confusion

How cloud computing can benefit your legal department

What do you really know about the cloud? Sure, your IT department probably knows plenty, but what do you really know? While many corporate legal professionals may think they have a firm grasp on the nebulous topic of cloud computing, perhaps they don’t fully comprehend as many of the wisps and details as they may think.

As a concept, cloud computing tends to evoke a multitude of responses from legal professionals. While still definitely a groan-inducing buzzword, cloud also seems to elicit deep-seeded emotional reactions and often confusion. But those reactions and bewilderment are typically related to a common problem—that in-house counsel don’t really understand what it is, how and where they’re using it and the extent to which it can potentially improve their daily lives.

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The best way to dispel any lingering questions or doubt about cloud is to truly understand what it actually is. But even that can be a rather daunting task.

Another misconception is that any data stored in the cloud is insecure.

D’Alençon wholeheartedly refutes the notion. “Many people think, ‘Gee, the cloud is insecure.’ To that I say, ‘caveat emptor.’ There are many vendors in the cloud that invest large sums of money in enterprise-class security for their data centers. And many data centers pass yearly audits and rigorous testing from their clients.” Because of this, he assures that the security of data housed with service providers simply should not be a concern.

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