By Mickey Woods, Technology Solutions Engineer, Ingram Micro
Our sixteenth president did not attend a university to study law, but labored under candlelight as he self-taught a very complex subject with as many interpretations as there are stars in the sky. His “good moral character” helped him earn a license from the Illinois Supreme Court in 1836. His successes were based on his skill at the podium and the ability to reduce the complexity of any case.
Today, the craft of arguing the meaning of the written word continues—but information by itself is no longer the driving force behind 21st century courtroom battles. While details can help build a case, their acquisition has become a key component in the resolution of conflict in our legal system. The ability to retrieve information several years old in a matter of seconds has opened new possibilities for both the prosecution and the defense. And supporting this modern-day marvel are the information systems that deliver these mission-critical services.
Network security is a driving force behind the technology platforms assembled to meet this need. Accessing, retrieving, modifying, and saving legal documents has become big business—and now includes a fast-paced mobile workforce using a variety of devices. The CIO of a global legal firm recently told me that he spends $1 million a year in document storage. Clearly, the information exchange between clients and servers has never been more important. Compliancy-related penalties, public disclosure of compromised information, and lawsuits awarding financial damages to plaintiffs can represent significant unknown costs.
Fortunately, innovative technologies are available to ensure fast, secure and always-available information exchange with any Internet-capable device. An industry leader in this space will have the unique ability to manage connections inside and out the data center, as well as to inspect every connection endpoint to ensure data flow is not prevented, interrupted or compromised. While several network security point products can help meet this demand, IT decision makers will have to consider a more holistic approach. Consolidating L4-L7 traffic inspection devices with a centrally managed solution will reduce complexity and cost, and keep applications flowing smoothly in an environment that involves constant change.
I believe Abraham Lincoln would approve of this cost-cutting, complexity-reducing strategy and likely say, “well done.”