The Lawyerist recently wrote an article about cloud computing and the paperless office. They suggested that lawyers can depend exclusively on DropBox (a cloud storage provider I wrote earlier about) and a backup on an external hard drive. I disagree. In my opinion, DropBox may work fine for a true solo attorney, but a law firm with multiple employees needs a network-attached storage device for security and discretion reasons. There is no automatic way to encrypt the data before it is submitted to DropBox for storage, so all of your client data is just sitting there on their computers. Also, if the Internet goes down, you lose access to your data. Lastly, DropBox makes no warranties about their service being secure or reliable.