“Be prepared.” It’s easy to say, but difficult to accomplish. We’ve all taken work home or brought documents to a meeting across town, only to discover the most important file is still in the office. It’s a problem that is increasingly being resolved through technology. With the use of an option like a virtual private network (VPN), firm employees can connect to their office from almost anywhere in the world.

The resulting ability to access case information that is stored within office computer networks in real time, may be the only way to keep up with adversaries who can already do this. Yet, VPNs must be used carefully, to ensure security. The Internet is public, so protecting employee information, firm assets, and the attorney-client privilege is important. With the proper design and setup, though, VPNs can keep the business of practicing law flowing, while delivering peace of mind.