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Shawn Pearson on BYOD Policies

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SHAWN PEARSON QUOTED IN MINNESOTA LAWYER MAGAZINE ARTICLE, “HOW TO: BEEF UP SECURITY IN OFFICE WITH A BYOD HABIT”

Shawn Pearson, Employment Attorney, was recently quoted in a Minnesota Lawyer Magazine Article, “How To: Beef up security in office with a BYOD habit.”

The article summarizes numerous challenges that law firms experience in connection with enabling legal professionals to access client files remotely using mobile devices.  From data security, to professional responsibility and ethics concerns, the widespread use of mobile technology in modern law firms must be undertaken with care.

Pearson noted that the finer aspects of “Bring Your Own Device” policies need to be enforced, including the use of “strong passwords” that are “complex and difficult to crack, with a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.”  Further, Pearson suggests that password requirements must extend to all of a firm’s users of mobile devices, observing that the failure to protect each mobile device with a password can be “…a huge, huge problem, because you’re talking about data that can be compromised and moved all over the world in seconds.”

Pearson also recommends the use of cloud applications to allow smaller firms and solo practitioners to more easily protect their client data without a dedicated network administrator.  “You can store data in a secure way and the mobile device is simply accessing it [in the cloud].”  Pearson also shared his recent experience with a multi-city trip defending numerous depositions after uploading exhibits and working files to the cloud, remarking, “If I’d lost that iPad or it got broken… it’s secure…I can replicate it from any other desktop or mobile device. So, cloud computing really does help a lot of these kinds of challenges.”

The full article can be accessed at: http://minnlawyer.com/#ixzz3g4ks0c9V

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