Wild About the Cloud
The idea is easy to understand:
the “zoo” has vastly more resources and efficiencies. It can protect
and maintain your precious tiger
with more expertise than you
have in-house. And, according to
your contract, you are allowed
access anywhere in the world,
99.999% of the time.
Everyone Loves the Zoo
You can cut IT costs, plus, due to
scale, cloud providers can ostensibly pay for the best in technology and expertise, which translates
into better reliability and security
than companies can manage in-house.
The cloud can also add flexibility,
with usage-based fee structures.
So what’s the downside?
Data Escapes More Often
The debate over cloud comput-
The Role of Counsel
ing usually begins with security-
related concerns. IT professionals
question whether service provid-
ers can look after their critical and
confidential business data. We’ve
all read about high-profile escapes
for reasons ranging from aggres-
sive hackers to negligence to bad
Despite the risks, the benefits
associated with cloud computing
mean business leaders are ready
to say “yes.”
So … should you say “no?” You’ll
need to work closely with client
IT to help the company avoid pit-
falls. Success will require more of
a “yes, but…” model.
How and where the data will
be stored? What are the privacy
and security measures that will
protect the data? How are backups managed and contingencies
planned? It will be up to IT to ensure that this is all done correctly.
You must ensure your client is
adequately protected from a legal
Know the Laws. All of Them.
The field is diverse and constantly
changing, and involves work that
will be new to most lawyers. You
will need to do due diligence on
all potential cloud vendors and
negotiate strict terms and condi-
tions governing their stewardship
of your data. That will require re-
search and very good tools.
For example, can these vendors
meet any data security requirements specific to your industry,
such as HIPAA or GLBA? What
about meeting notification requirements in case of a data security
breach? Those standards can vary
across all 50 states. Know the
jurisdictions and how the rules
Get a Strong Leash
Be ready to keep a tight rein on
cloud operations with specific
rules and guidelines. These will
guide both internal groups and
third parties like service providers
in how they deal with your cloud
By mastering both the law and
the technology itself, you can open
a new door to client satisfaction
as you help them grow and operate more efficiently.
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Thus, cloud computing is the model where your clients place their
Big Data and tigers are extremely powerful. Specific laws govern how
both should be treated and maintained. It is also very, very bad if you
lose either of them.
tigers at a zoo for safekeeping.
And here is where you come in as legal counsel for the tiger owner.
JASON BAGLEY, ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
Jason earned his law degree from Northern Illinois University and has been
with LexisNexis® for four years. His primary focus is to advise small and
mid-sized firms on the LexisNexis suite of products and services. His extensive knowledge of legal technology, combined with his experience as a practicing attorney, has equipped him to effectively serve the needs of his customers.
602.559.4587 or Jason.Bagley@lexisnexis.com
How is the ‘Cloud’ Like
Owning a Tiger?