Law in the Cloud

Did you know that 90% of Cyber-Security attacks start with a phishing email?

Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Cloud, Law in the Cloud, Microsoft | 0 comments

Did you know that 90% of Cyber-Security attacks start with a phishing email?

Did you know that 90% of Cyber-Security attacks start with a phishing email? How many times has your business received a suspicious email that looks as genuine as all the others? How many of your colleagues clicked on links in an email and regretted it? If this is something you worry about in your practice it’s time to look at how the Microsoft Cloud can help to secure your business. It’s time to take an approach that is Secure, Strategic and Successful. It’s time for you to talk to AspiraCloud and find out how we can help you just like we helped Howell-Jones Solicitors based in Kingston upon Thames. Legal firm moves to the cloud for greater security, productivity and control Many firms believe that hosting their IT Services on premises is secure and would never consider the cloud.  Truth is that tools and services available in the Microsoft Cloud offer a greater level of compliance and security than you could ever hope for with on premises facilities. The Microsoft Cloud Commitments allow you to know that your data is held securely and fully compliant with SRA and Law Society regulations and guidelines. Even something as simple as data back up is cheaper, quicker and more secure.  Just think, no more tapes. Do you want to find out how AspiraCloud and Microsoft can transform your business? Call our office so you can book a meeting to discuss your options. Call 02476 970550 Watch this video below from Microsoft Chief Legal Office, Brad Smith Ask us for a contact at Howell-Jones so you can find out the...

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Busting the Myths around Cloud Security

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Cloud, Law in the Cloud, Microsoft | 0 comments

Cloud services: A view of legal sector guidance I recently enjoyed a visit to one of the UK’s largest legal event specifically designed for lawyers and ambitious law firms seeking ground breaking innovations.  As you would expect the Cloud and Digital Transformation and Business Improvement were topics under discussion in every theatre. I did hear one speaker say “There are too many questions relating to Safe Harbour for commercial law firms to trust Office 365”.  I’ll be fair to the speaker in case I heard the line out of context, and just say that, without said context, this is #fakenews. Spend some time listening to Brad Smith, Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer to know that there may be questions around trusting the cloud, but there are answered in detail in his many conference speeches readily available online. The Law Society of England and Wales and the Solicitors Regulation Authority have separately issued guidance setting out requirements and recommendations for solicitors using cloud computing solutions. Microsoft offers its approach to such guidance in this white paper. The paper articulates their view of how, as a cloud service provider, Microsoft enables firms to meet the standards and recommendations set out in such guidance and their compliance obligations. I’ve listed some of the top #fakenews items and myths surrounding the use of Cloud for commercial law firms. For each myth I have written a response and is followed up with chapter and verse from the Microsoft material with links to the relevant sites for further reading. But don’t just take my word for it.  If you want to speak to some of our customers who are already benefiting from a move to the cloud, email us and I will put you in touch. Microsoft will use your cloud data for advertising to customers. In fact… your data will never be used for anything other than the stated purpose defined by you. You are the data controller and you maintain ownership always.  Microsoft will not use your data for anything other than the purpose you define. Microsoft obtain third party audits and certifications so you can trust that their services are designed and operated with stringent safeguards. To address the requirement for processing only to be undertaken in accordance with a written contract, a data processing agreement and the EU Model Clauses are included by default in Microsoft’s Online Service Terms. The EU Model Clauses are prescribed by the European Commission for use when transferring personal data from within the EU to a country outside of the EU which does not have an “adequate” data protection regime. In their Online Services Terms, Microsoft expressly commit to process your data only pursuant to your instructions and not for any other purposes. Microsoft and the EU Model Clauses                    Microsoft Online Services Terms The Safe Harbour Regulations mean that foreign government and particularly the US authorities can access the data even though it is hosted in the UK.   In fact… in terms of compliance, Microsoft Cloud Services already meet the requirements of the EU GDPR and did so long before the courts ruled on Safe Harbour. Office 365 and Azure are available today and already help you meet the requirements of the EU-US privacy shield.  Microsoft is certified under the EU-US Privacy Shield framework which imposes stronger obligations on US companies to protect Europeans’ personal data and reflects the requirements of the European Court of Justice which ruled the previous Safe Harbour framework invalid. The Commission has formally adopted the EU-US Privacy Shield for transatlantic data transfers from the EU to the US. The new EU General Data Protection Regulation will apply form May 2018 and will cover UK data protection. Microsoft and the GDPR                            Microsoft and the EU-US Privacy Shield Microsoft can see all our data and read client confidential documents In fact… your data is encrypted at rest in the data centre and in transmission from the data centre to your PC.  Only if you give permission to a support engineer as part of a service request could they view data and that would be on your PC under your...

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Have you considered the cloud?

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Azure, Cloud, Law in the Cloud, Microsoft | 0 comments

July 15th was an important date for anyone using Microsoft Server 2003 and it probably passed many people by without noticing.  Support for Windows Server 2003 ended on that date and many of our customers are looking at this as an opportunity to move towards the cloud for their hosting and workload needs. We have a number of partners who are able to help you move to the cloud. This post explores some of the factors and objectives that you and your business should consider when migrating to the cloud.There has never been a better time for businesses and education providers to consider moving their workload to the cloud. Microsoft Support for Windows Server 2003 has come to an end and many organisations are looking at ways to migrate that load. Moving to the cloud can often be a challenge and we are here to help you, overcoming obstacles from financial, ethical or an institutional reluctance to trust the cloud. How many IT Leaders and network support staff still say that they “like to see their server workload buzzing away”?   The role of the IT Leader in business and education has never been more important. As budgets tighten and workloads increase it can often be a balancing act to find the best solution to meet the needs of the users and stay within budget. The concept of transferring that cost to a subscription model rather than capital expenditure is a great way to effect savings whilst responding efficiently to the needs of your customers. The first step for many is a migration to Office 365 in order to lever the benefits of world class email and communication technologies such as Exchange online or Skype for Business. There are so many more opportunities in the cloud ‘beyond the mailbox’ and it is the role of Microsoft Partners to help customers see the wide range of opportunities available. AspiraCloud, (formally SharePointEduTech) has been a Microsoft Partner for several years working in the education and SMB space delivering some great communication and collaboration solutions. As a Gold Cloud Platform Partner we are strategically aligned to help customers explore the cloud and see the potential benefits. Whether it’s a simple migration to Office 365, or an infrastructure move to Microsoft Azure (IaaS), or even a University research facility looking to make use of big data compute space, there are options in the cloud that make compelling reasons to make the move....

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