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Citrix ShareFile and the practice of law

by Joe Kaczrowski | Aug 06, 2015

If you were in Duluth for the solo/small conference earlier this week, perhaps you had a chance to stop by the MSBA booth and chat with a representative from one of the MSBA's new Advantage partners, Kyle Booher with Citrix ShareFile. (The MSBA's other new Advantage partner, Clio, also had a booth on the lower level.) In addition to saving ten percent off the list price as a MSBA member, ShareFile offers members a way to securely share data.

What exactly is ShareFile? Perhaps the simplest answer is that ShareFile is a secure version of Dropbox. ShareFile uses high-grade encryption with dozens of customizable security settings and supports various industry regulations such as HIPAA and FINRA. Here is a short list of the security and compliance features.

ShareFile also offers a mobile app and a plugin for Microsoft Outlook. From Outlook, you can simply click the 'S' rather than the paperclip to attach documents, and send much larger attachments with each message rather than a series of emails ("1 of 5," etc.). While some email systems limit attachments sent or received to 5 MB, with ShareFile you can send files and folders up to 10 GB

ShareFile also offers secure cloud storage and a way to share documents not only with clients and opposing counsel (and others) but also within your firm. ShareFile provides a means to collaborate on documents. ShareFile also includes version control, tracking changes to documents and providing access to older versions of documents. You also control who has access to which documents; permissions can be set at a number of different levels. ShareFile also has the ability to restrict access to "view only" -- no downloading, printing or saving.

ShareFile is specifically designed for business, unlike Dropbox, and specializes in industries like legal and healthcare. ShareFile also is used by 99% of the Fortune 500. To learn more about ShareFile, you can take a look at some of the whitepapers in the MSBA's Practice Resource Center, including this short summary of features with ShareFile for legal. You can also take a look at this short 3-minute video to see how ShareFile fits into your workflow and the practice of law. 

Still have questions or want to see a personalized demo? Send Kyle an email to set something up.

Also, a reminder to mark November 5 on your calendar to learn more about MSBA technology partners (like ShareFile, Clio, and HotDocs) and get a full day's worth of CLE credit (including ethics and EOB). More details to follow.