NetMotion, a provider of security solutions for the world’s growing mobile and distributed workforces, today unveiled a new report identifying the top digital transformation challenges, opportunities, and priorities among modern law firms.
In total, legal sector technology professionals overwhelmingly ranked improving the end user experience, accelerating cloud migration, and adopting zero trust security tools and architecture, such as software defined perimeters (SDP) and the secure access service edge (SASE) methodology, as the most urgent technological advancements needed to support a post COVID-19 hybrid workforce. Additional priorities for 2021 include upgrading remote connectivity and refreshing the device estate.
To generate its report, NetMotion hosted over 50 virtual focus groups with legal sector CIOs and IT leaders from around the world. Additionally, NetMotion commissioned a third-party survey of an additional 150 tech leaders from law firms in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States in April 2021: subsequently aggregating the results from the focus groups and the survey into its exclusive finding.
Additional findings include:
The report also reveals that around 14% of law firms have implemented SASE already – almost twice as likely as those in other sectors. SASE adoption is also more likely to be driven by IT teams than in other industries, with 66% of SASE strategies at law firms being led by IT, compared with a global average of just 53%. Further, fewer than 1 in 5 law firms have made no plans to adopt SASE at all (19%), much lower than the global average of 29%.
“The onset of 2020 saw ten years of digital transformation among law firms in just ten months, as priorities were accelerated, abandoned and adjusted both temporarily and for the long haul,” said Matt Brown, Head of NetMotion’s Legal Services in North America. “Our report reveals not just the pain points and pressures specific to the legal sector, but also provides actionable tips and resources to help accelerate the technology adoption that is most critical to the future of hybrid work.”
NetMotion offers law firms a resilient, highly optimized secure remote access solution that integrates enterprise VPN and Zero Trust Network Access in a single platform, available for SaaS and on-premise deployments. The platform also offers unprecedented visibility into the distributed workforce, gathering insights from any device on any network. Its powerful diagnostic features enable legal sector CIOs and IT leaders to better understand the issues that fee earners encounter and apply patented, dynamic policies to enhance the user experience.
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