When It’s Time for Law Firms to Partner with an MSP

As a law firm, there is important and sensitive information handled daily you would want protected. When dealing with such sensitive information, you want to make sure the sensitive information is properly protected. 

With the legal concern to keep the client, yourself, and everyone else involved protected, it’s advised to partner with an MSP to handle that data securely. So here are a few signs it’s time to look into more resources to reinforce your security measures.

Frequent Downtime

One of the most prominent flags is when downtime becomes a routine occurrence in your business. Whether it’s the repeated failure of critical software, or a server failure, heed the signal, and explore the options for a more permanent fix. 

Frequent downtime means it’s time to change your approach and consider looking into the help of managed services, not only opening up the opportunity for a consultation on what could actually be causing the problem, but also implementing procedures for reducing the amount of future downtime.

Lagging Security

In order to ensure you are properly protecting the sensitive information of your clients and law cases, frequently check your security to be sure it’s operating correctly. More often than not, even if you are authorizing your security updates when prompted, there are often malfunctions in implementing the security along the entire network, and loopholes are left exposed.

This is where the help of an MSP is invaluable in their ability to monitor for any malfunctions in your security updates. Whether you employ an in-house IT staff, or an MSP, you want to conduct vulnerability scans and network patching to help fortify your security as it’s updated, before any faulty patches are applied along your security measures.

In-House IT Costs Too Much

As with any other kind of business, you keep track of your accounting, and who gets paid what for their services. Ultimately if you have a great IT team in-house, but they just don’t have the time or resources to provide the services you need, you can also co-source an MSP to help make up for the services you are unable to complete on your own.

And in the end, if you are still struggling to cope with the unexpected IT costs, a good MSP can provide full services while setting a predictable budget, so you deal less with the unexpected spike of IT costs, and pay instead a regular fee to safeguard against sudden fees. 

IT Resources Are Limited

Even law firms who delegate enough budget to their IT might also find that the resources are somewhat limited. You need reliable IT with the resources to insure you against the unexpected, and to be there when there’s sudden downtime. 

The clearest indicator that your IT resources are limited, is to notice if you ever fail to carry out basic electronic tasks which you feel you should be able to do without trouble. At that point you can either talk to your IT staff about what is needed to better support the business structure, and even consider bringing an MSP in to help bolster the productivity.

IT Costs Fluctuate Too Much

We looked earlier at when IT costs too much, but sometimes it’s not that it’s just high, but that the cost fluctuates between paying for new hardware, and paying for updated security.

This is actually a normal response to the fact that you will have different IT requirements at different times, depending on what is happening in the system, and what needs responding to, which is the reason for fluctuating costs from month to month. 

But the benefit of using an MSP, is that they charge a flat rate, for which they take great care of your systems 24/7. That means you have fewer unexpected financial demands, and your IT maintenance becomes predictable.

There are many benefits to having a managed service provider partnered with a law firm. Whether it means you save money, have fewer downtime issues, or that you have access to better resources, even operating your IT staff with the help of an MSP will ensure you have access to the resources your business demands.