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When it comes to mobile devices in the law firm, it’s all about balancing productivity with risk. Ultimately, mobile device management is never a one-size-fits-all type of situation. In the 21st-century law firm, phones, laptops, and tablets have replaced the typical briefcase filled with documents and information.
Nowadays, attorneys are accessing all of their information via cloud-based software – from document management solutions to email systems and everything in between. So how can law firms allow for attorney mobility while maintaining client confidentiality at all times? The right mobile device management solution is key to minimizing the risk of unauthorized access and/or loss of sensitive data.
Naturally, the biggest risk with attorney mobility in the form of accessing case and client information from mobile devices is what happens when those mobile devices are lost. All it takes is one simple incident, such as forgetting a laptop in a hotel room or leaving a mobile device on the bus, to put case and client information at risk for unauthorized access and/or loss. According to ILTA, 68% of law firms have a BYOD policy that covers smartphones – but over 30% of law firms have NO mobile device policy.
When it comes to keeping case and client information secure, a mobile device policy should be your first step before implementing a mobile device management solution. A mobile device policy should cover the following:
Once your law firm has decided upon an acceptable mobile device policy, it’s time to implement a mobile device management solution that enforces the policy – giving you the ability to:
Any mobile device policy should be included in employment agreements as an extension of your intellectual property agreement. But remember, it’s important to ensure a properly designed and executed mobile device policy as you want to avoid any sort of employee privacy implications.
Set up your law firm’s mobile device management solution now!