The American Bar Association, for many years, has surveyed lawyers about their use of technology. The 2018 results are now available. The full results are available for purchase here.

The ABA Legal Technology Resource Center (fondly acronymized as “LTRC”) has been publishing summaries of key findings from the survey as TECHREPORTS, which are available at no charge. The TECHREPORTS for the 2018 survey may be found here.

I wanted to highlight the Cloud Computing TECHREPORT, in part because I wrote it, but in larger part because the security results are very worrisome and troubling to me.

Here’s the money quote:

Confidentiality, security, data control and ownership, ethics, vendor reputation and longevity, and other concerns weigh heavily on the minds of lawyers, yet the employment of precautionary security measures is quite low, with no more than 38.1% of respondents actually taking any one of the specific standard cautionary security measures listed in the 2018 Survey question on the topic. 10.7%, an increase from 9% in 2017, reported taking no security precautions of the types listed. Only 40.7% of respondents report that adoption of cloud computing resulted in changes to internal technology or security policies.

I conclude the Cloud Computing TECHREPOORT with:

Reported growth in cloud use stayed relatively flat in 2018. However, the continuing lack of actual attention to confidentiality, security, and due diligence issues remains a serious concern, especially with the growth in mobile apps running on cloud services. The results on security procedures will continue to fuel client concerns about security efforts by their outside law firms.

There is much that law firm IT departments and technology committees, legal technology vendors and consultants, corporate law departments, clients, and all legal professionals interested in the adoption of technology by lawyers can learn from these results. They give us much to think about and some indications where firms might want to move their technology strategies in the coming year and beyond. Applying basic common sense, diligence, and increased attention to security efforts might be the biggest lesson to learn for the upcoming year. In short, cloud cybersecurity must be on your technology plan for 2019.

The survey findings on cloud computing will be of special interest to cloud vendors, law firm clients, and law firms making strategic technology and innovation plans. Although, as I note in the TECHREPORT, some of the results indicate a probably lack of understanding about the cloud and cloud usage by some respondents, you will find the trends over the last few years quite revealing about the legal industry.

As always, I’m happy to hear your feedback on the Cloud Computing TECHREPORT, highly recommend all of the TECHREPORTS to you, and encourage you let the LTRC know if you have suggestions for improving the survey questions and the TECHREPORTS.


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Now available:

The second edition of The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell.

I wanted to highlight some of my recent podcasts, articles and other odds & ends.

If you are in St. Louis this Thursday and Friday, I’ll be at the ABA Law Practice Division Spring Meeting and the Law Firm Marketing Strategies Conference (excellent group of speakers and topics – highly recommended).

Tom Mighell and I have continued our biweekly episodes of The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast, recently hitting the episode 125 milestone. The last few episodes have been especially fun and we appreciate the good feedback we’ve gotten. We also had a great time at ABA TECHSHOW hanging out with the Legal Talk Network team. As always, the best way to get the podcast is to subscribe to it (free) in iTunes.

Recent episodes:Kennedy-Mighell Report picture

Presentation Tips for Legal Professionals

ABA TECHSHOW 2014 Wrapup

Legal Ethics and Cybersecurity

Talking Legal Evolution: Innovation’s Pace in the Legal Industry

The Benefits of Tech Automation: Why Attorneys Should Opt In

A few recent articles:

Allison Shields and I wrote a popular article (several requests for reprinting already) called “Fourteen LinkedIn Tips for 2014” in the ABA’s Law Practice Today webzine. There are even more tips in our new book, LinkedIn in One Hour.

My ABA Journal technology column is now called “Kennedy on Tech.” The three most recent columns are:

What can ‘gamification’ do for lawyers?

Social media has trade-offs for lawyers

5 ways to make good on your New Year’s tech resolutions

I do a limited amount of speaking these days (but am always happy to be asked). I’ve lately been speaking about LinkedIn on webinars, social media ethics at the Mound City Bar Association’s Ronda F. Williams CLE Retreat (named in honor of Ronda Williams, a lawyer who impacted many people and died far too young), and digital estate planning. I also recently enjoyed getting to speak to law students at Washington University Law School.

On May 15, I’m debuting a new presentation called “Ethical Cybersecurity for the Non-technical Lawyer” at the St. Louis Corporate Counsel Institute, co-sponsored by the Association of Corporate Counsel – St. Louis Chapter and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. I’m glad I checked the location when I grabbed the link above because I hadn’t realized the event has moved to a new location.

And those are some of my recent podcasts, articles and other odds & ends

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LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers (Second Edition), the new book from Allison Shields and me, is now available (iBook version also available). Our previous book, Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers, is also available (iBook version here). Also still available, The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell.