If you read my fellow e-discovery bloggers (and I hope you do), they’ve posted a lot on cloud computing lately – and for good reason.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the risks of ‘off-site’ data management. I didn’t refer to it as cloud computing because I was taking a macro view, including items such as off-site media storage and disaster-recovery services.
I happened to come across this article about the subject in the Washington Post, and I really liked their ‘what if’ approach. Anyone who reads my posts knows that I promote “healthy paranoia”. I’m always warning about the ‘what-ifs’. Don’t be too critical of me, though. I come by it honestly since it’s my job to be paranoid for my clients. They pay me to anticipate what could go wrong – not what could go right.
As I constantly tell people, you don’t need a lock on your front door until the day someone tries to break in. But then again, if you live your life in its entirety this way, then I guess you don’t insure your car, either, because you won’t need it until you get into an accident.
Security has to play a major role in any e-discovery plan, especially one that will rely on ‘others’. Better you should be on ‘Cloud 9’ than walking in the rain…
NOTE TO MY READERS: I will be out of state next week working on a case. I don’t think there will be an opportunity to post, so please bear with me. I’ll try to get something up as soon as I’m able.