Today the LexBlog team is launching our new enterprise offering, Premier Managed Platform. Premier is an independent, customized instance of the LexBlog Platform with enhanced security, stability, speed and scale for law firms with a network of blogs.

Premier came about as we researched how to deploy SSL (Secure Socket Layer) to meet the security needs of large law firms in particular. SSL, also known as HTTPS, is the industry standard security technology for encrypting connections between web servers and browsers, protecting visitors’ connections from monitoring and tampering.

SSL has long been a must for websites collecting credit card and personal information, but through a movement Google dubbed “HTTPS Everywhere” much of the web industry is moving toward making it the default way we connect to websites. Here’s why a large law firm should too:

1. A Hacking Target

It goes without saying that law firms handle sensitive client information every day, making them an attractive target for hackers. Bloomberg and The New York Times report increased hacking attempts against law firms as well as law enforcement concern over their preparedness.

2. You Are the Weakest Link

We’ve seen law firms respond to this risk by adding SSL to their websites, with 10 percent of Am Law 200 websites now forcing HTTPS connections.

But humans remain the weakest link in information security, and one of the reasons is their password usage. TeleSign found that 73 percent of online accounts are protected by passwords shared among multiple accounts, and 47 percent of people use passwords that are at least five years old! In fact, 54 percent of us use five or fewer passwords.

SSL helps protect your passwords from being discovered by preventing someone from easily sniffing your password because it’s being sent to the platform in plain text.

With our platform’s strong password requirements plus Premier’s HTTPS everywhere and periodic password reset enforcement, we help you ensure that your blog password doesn’t become the gateway into privileged information. Plus your readers’ interactions with your blogs, like submitting information via your contact form, will be protected.

3. SEO

Google believes websites should use SSL so strongly that in 2014 it made HTTPS a search engine factor that can help a site rank higher in search results.

While it’s a minor ranking factor at the moment, Google says: “But over time, we may decide to strengthen it, because we’d like to encourage all website owners to switch from HTTP to HTTPS to keep everyone safe on the web.”

Sound familiar? Google took a similar approach with sites being mobile friendly, before making mobile friendliness a much stronger signal with the Mobilegeddon update.

4. Potential Requirement

The federal government also recognizes the importance of SSL. The HTTPS-Only Standard directive requires that all publicly accessible federal government websites only allow connections over SSL by the end of 2016. We’ve heard that some savvy law firm clients are expecting the same from their firm.

5. Trust

Finally, sites secured with SSL are perceived as more trustworthy by visitors, thanks to the padlock symbol displaying in browser address bars.

More than SSL

By creating independent instances of our platform for Premier, we’re able to deliver more than enhanced security through SSL and periodic password resets. Some of the other benefits we’ve included based on large law firm’s feedback and needs are:

  • Uptime SLA with money-back guarantee plus faster page loads
  • Priority updates and early access to new platform features
  • Platform customizations and tools like integrated Google Analytics report, customized dashboard messaging, advanced embed code options, a private sandbox site and the ability to temporarily take a blog offline

To celebrate the launch of Premier and help firms get started with better security, we’re waiving the Premier Managed Platform setup fee for the month of August. For more information and to get started with $1,000 off, please contact the Success Team.