Lease Laptops, Desktops, Tablets and Other Hardware to Stay Secure

Lease Laptops, Desktops, Tablets and Other Hardware to Stay Secure

Over the recent years, data breaches have become commonplace, and firms have had to up their game to protect client data.  It is no longer a question of “if” but when your firm will be breached. In fact, 23% of firms have experienced a data breach at some time – and we expect this number to increase. On average a hacker attacks a business every 39 seconds and the average the cost of a cybercrime is expected to cost businesses over $2 trillion total in 2019. Don’t let your firm become part of these numbers. 

Tip 1: Remain Current on Your Laptops, Desktops and Other Hardware

Firms must ensure that hardware is disposed of correctly and that lawyers and support personnel are working with the newest equipment and software available and complying with all security updates. The less frequently your firm updates its hardware and software, the easier it will be for hackers to access your information.

For hardware, this is particularly true simply because older equipment tends to break down–a worn-out server is at an increased risk to crash, potentially wiping out crucial data. Old software is at an even greater risk. The older any given piece of software is, the less likely it is to receive security updates, making it more likely for a hacker to access.

Leasing and financing provide the opportunity to replace/upgrade hardware, software and security upgrades as new versions are released all while working within a predictable monthly payment. Moving to a monthly expense model puts the firm in an agile position for change, seamlessly enable technology and equipment replacement as well as payment replacement, rather than becoming bottlenecked in approval processes regarding additional cash expenditures.

Tip 2: Tracking is Key

Keeping your firm up-to-date on its technology is only half the battle–knowing what you have or even knowing where to find it is vital for safe practice. Asset tracking is important in any firm’s security protocols and compliance programs. Most firms have hundreds of assets in their possession at any given time – including used servers, desktops, tables, SAN, copiers, printers and of course confidential client information filed in storage. Asset management simply means knowing where those objects are and to whom they are accessible to.

IT management begins with cataloging each individual hardware and software assets currently in use throughout the firm and, in best-practice scenarios, move forward to asset tracking. With GPS-trackable radio frequency identification, bar codes, or other tools, you create a continually updated database of your assets.

This solution provides law firms with both flexibility and security. The right leasing partner assists your firms in its need to track its assets. CoreTech has an online asset tracking system, which allows firms to:

  •       Track assets by schedule
  •       Order and sort and field
  •       Do custom tracking in user-defined fields
  •       Search on any field by description and serial number
  •       Export to Microsoft Excel to upgrade your asset tracking tool
  •       Secure online access from anywhere in the world

Next Steps – Talk to the Experts

If you are interested in learning more on how CoreTech’s expert team can help your organization secure top of the line equipment and software and improve your security efforts, email us at info@coretechleasing.com to set up some time to speak.

 


[1] Ries, David “2018 Cybersecurity” American Bar Association https://www.americanbar.org/groups/law_practice/publications/techreport/ABATECHREPORT2018/2018Cybersecurity/  (January 28, 2019)

[2] “13 Alarming Cyber Security Facts and Stats” Cybint News https://www.cybintsolutions.com/cyber-security-facts-stats/ (December 3, 2018)

[3] “13 Alarming Cyber Security Facts and Stats” Cybint News https://www.cybintsolutions.com/cyber-security-facts-stats/ (December 3, 2018)