Security concerns drive legal eagles to embrace the cloud

18 Mar 2016

Dublin software firm eXpd8, which specialises in supporting the legal profession, has invested €250,000 in Microsoft Azure cloud infrastructure.

The investment will enable eXpd8 to bring together all the applications, transactions, collaboration and content tools required to operate a modern, client-centric law firm via the cloud.

eXpd8 Cloud provides increased security compared to traditional data storage methods, which are under ever-increasing ransomware attacks from professional criminals.

“We are seeing more and more firms come to us to provide protection and better security for their local networks,” explained Declan Branagan, CEO of eXpd8.

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Declan Branagan from eXpd8 with Microsoft technical evangelist Niall Moran

“Due to recent increased attacks, more practices have been moving their entire working environment to the eXpd8 cloud for an even higher level of security, in line with EU compliant data protection.

“To date, 200 clients have made the switch. We invested with Microsoft, the leader in its field, to avoid these threats and help legal firms safeguard their practices.  We are committed to providing freedom of mobility, peace of mind through enhanced security, and EU compliant data protection to the legal profession.”

Based in Swords, eXpd8 was established in 1986 to provide specialised IT support to the legal industry in Ireland, and employs 24 people.

It is one of only six Microsoft Gold Partners for the SME cloud market in Ireland.

“eXpd8’s success is a great example of an independent software vendor (ISV) building their business on our Azure Cloud platform, making our data centre their data centre,” said Patrick Ward, developer experience lead at Microsoft Ireland.

“This enables ISVs to leverage our global footprint and independently verified adherence to standards and best practice for security and data protection,” Ward added.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years