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Business Partner Spotlight: Afinety
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By:  Angie Moskalenko, Director of Business Development

As a longtime OC-ALA Business Partner, we’ve truly enjoyed interacting and building relationships with members throughout the years. We owe our success to the support and loyalty of many of our ALA friends.

With a focus on providing IT services to since 1986, our high-quality services include the Afinety Cloud Platform (ACP), the most secure, affordable cloud network specifically designed for law firms, featuring unlimited support.

Cloud computing has advanced significantly over the years and has become mainstream in many legal practices, but there are still some firms that haven’t jumped on board with this technology.  Budgets, compliance requirements, concerns about security and other business considerations can hold law firms back from adopting a cloud platform.

However, benefits from the cloud speak for themselves – 80 percent of cloud adopters saw significant process improvements within six months of their transition to the cloud platform, Law Technology Today contributor Jeff Chandler reported.

Security is especially relevant for law firms since they hold onto some very important data for their clients, and they also often work with institutions from regulated industries like finance and healthcare. Understanding and adequately protecting your firm from outside threats is of the utmost importance.

The threat of the landscape is vast.

Ransomware and phishing attacks are on the rise as the current cyberthreats facing today’s businesses. Although phishing certainly isn’t new, it’s a tried-and-true method that many hackers stick by. In a nutshell, the hacker masquerades as a reputable email account, such as a business partner or a financial institution. The individual then sends out a massive number of emails, either containing a piece of malware such as ransomware or using deception to trick the victim into simply giving up their login credentials.

Of course, it’s impossible to predict exactly how a hacker will attack.  Therefore, law firms should consider utilizing security measures such as encryption to stave off any major cybersecurity breaches. Many financial institutions require this for the law firms they retain due to the private data being shared. With this security technique, information is scrambled to the point that only the person with the right decryption key can read the data.

To this end, the Afinety Cloud Platform (ACP) features encrypted backup, as well as data at rest encryption, so your data is safe and sound. Plus, your data is backup and replicated throughout the day.   If you do happen to experience a Ransomware attack, your data can be restored from the last backup of the day, minimizing any lost data and avoid being subject to the hacker’s requests.

ACP also continues to evolve to ensure the most solid security available, including multifactor authentication, current firewalls technologies, Mimecast with URL Threat Protection, which provides instant protection from targeted attacks and phishing attempts across all devices, protection against good websites turning bad or delayed exploits. We continue to invest time and research to improving our flagship product, partnering with the largest cloud provider in the world, AWS.

Adopting a new solution can be daunting.  However, the current tried-and-true onsite networks are typically outdated, creating significant security holes, workflow bottlenecks, not to mention skyrocketing maintenance costs, lost productivity and hindering performance.

For example, mobile devices provide the flexibility required for today’s law firm, but in a bring-your-own-device environment, maintaining governance is a considerable challenge.  The good news is ACP solves this issue by offering centralized management for security, data access, computation and storage.  Security measures like authentication will ensure that even if a phone is lost or stolen, malicious parties can’t access business resources or information

Implementing a cloud-based system specifically designed for law firms is naturally the best path because the firm will benefit more from improved security, performance, reliability, costs savings, as well as the most current software.

At a single low monthly cost, your entire network, along with all your applications, can be moved to a fully managed cloud platform with massive redundancy and the finest security available today, featuring 24/7/365 monitoring to identify any unusual activity and prevent issues before they cause damage, as well as a 99.999 percent uptime, ensuring the highest level of accessibility possible. Safe, secure, elastic, reliable and available anywhere, your network will be ready wherever and whenever you need it. Click here for a short video on the Afinety Cloud Platform.

With over 32 years of law firm experience, we assist our clients with just about any IT need, including security penetration tests, consultation and information about best practices, installation, training and custom macros. We guarantee a successful and smooth implementation. As a long time certified partners with many legal specific software applications, such as iManage and ProLaw, our expertise and customer service is unsurpassed.

 If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to reach out to me anytime at amoskalenko@afinety.com or 818.708.8455.










  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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