Lawyers have an ethical duty to keep client data confidential and secure, which is often at odds with conducting business in a global, competitive marketplace that requires collaboration and mobility. The tension is apparent in file sharing products and services where collaboration and mobility can be hampered by security controls. Apply too much security and lawyers will find alternative methods to collaborate to accomplish work.

Intralinks Inc., most noted for its Dealspace virtual data rooms, also makes VIA content management and collaboration software for enterprises and law firms. Intralinks VIA comes in two editions: Elite and Pro. VIA Elite is an enterprise content management system with document-centric workflows and granular file permissions. VIA Pro offers Web-based content collaboration and desktop synchronization software. I took VIA Pro for a test drive and found its ad hoc and easy manner of creating collaborative work spaces was manageable and secure.

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