RALEIGH, NC (PRWEB) May 28, 2014
LexisNexis® Legal & Professional, a leading provider of content and technology solutions, announced today the results of a survey of U.S.-based law firms and their usage of file sharing tools. More than 70% of law firms report that file sharing is increasingly important and there is a heightened awareness that if privileged information is compromised, the fall out for the law firm could spell disaster. However, unencrypted email (89%) remains the dominant means for sharing privileged communications.
More than 80% of respondents said that if someone other than a client or privileged party accessed confidential documents – the results would be consequential or very consequential to the firm. Even so, an overwhelming 77% of law firms report that their primary means of securing documents is a confidentiality statement below the body of an email. Astonishingly, in response to an open ended question 4% of law firms reported they take no measures at all to protect privileged communications shared by email.
“There’s clearly a disconnect between expressed security concerns – and measures law firms employ to protect their clients and themselves,” said attorney Christopher T. Anderson, senior product manager at LexisNexis. “Relying on a mere statement of confidentiality when sharing privileged communications by email is a weak measure – and further it might protect the law firm but affords very little protection for the client.”
Key findings in the survey include:
This survey aimed to understand the uses and perceptions of file sharing tools by attorneys and legal professionals working in U.S.-based law firms. The survey was conducted online from March 5 to March 19, 2014. Respondents were required to identify as a practicing attorney or a legal professional supporting a law firm. Two-hundred and eighty two (N=282) attorneys or legal professionals from across more than 15 different practice areas, and representing 40 different states and two territories, including Washington, D.C. participated in the survey. Respondents were provided an incentive – a chance to be entered in a random drawing for one of 14 prizes – to complete the survey.
An infographic is also freely available and a comprehensive report (PDF format) is available for download with registration: http://goo.gl/lg9LQD
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