Security is all the talk of the legal tech world these days. Which makes sense because no client wants to be the next Panama Papers incident where a leaky legal side starts a damaging and embarrassing deluge. Where there was once defeatist talk of hacks being “less a matter of if than when,” the new mantra is that proper diligence can keep you ahead of the game — or at the very least, keep leaks properly contained. And security is an even bigger issue for federal clients finding themselves on the unhappy end of hacking efforts all the time.
So it’s not a big surprise to see Everlaw make another public nod toward security, announcing the migration of its federal SaaS platform to AWS GovCloud. Everlaw, which earned its FedRAMP authorization last year, fits it into the tightest of federal security protocols:
The migration to AWS GovCloud (US) underlines Everlaw’s commitment to best-in-class service and safety for federal clients. AWS GovCloud (US) allows Everlaw to better support federal export controls, compliance, and storage of highly sensitive data. Additionally, the Amazon Region is operated exclusively by U.S. citizens on U.S. soil, as is Everlaw’s platform, enabling the company to serve government agencies with NOFORN (no foreign national) requirements. Everlaw has also achieved ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification for data center security, and SOC 2 Type 2 certification in Privacy, Security, Confidentiality and Availability, as well as completed voluntary independent audits to support Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance.
As I’ve said a few times in the past, government work is some of the most important work for vendors, not because it’s uniquely better than the private sector, but because certifications like FedRAMP serve as literal seals of approval for every other potential client wondering who to trust out there. Because clients only have so much bandwidth to research these issues — they have to go do their jobs at some point, right? — and the federal government provides a powerful proxy.
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