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Building Ethical Walls in Microsoft SharePoint

February 01, 2011

February 1, 2011 (Mountain View, CA) – Mark Gerow, Director of Applications Development and Business Process at Fenwick & West, was recently featured in the February edition of the Law Technology News podcast series entitled "Building Ethical Walls in Microsoft SharePoint." Mr. Gerow discusses why SharePoint is popular within the legal industry, yet he addresses the lack of "ethical walls" built within the program that are needed to protect client confidentiality.

Mr. Gerow has extensive experience with Microsoft SharePoint through managing Fenwick’s document management systems and intranet/extranet. In his recent article "Mending Fences" (LTN), he shares the importance behind constructing conceptual walls to prevent unrelated individuals from gaining access to privileged information. These walls are constructed for the document management systems and for other systems that contain client matter information. While SharePoint does not currently offer "ethical walls" within its structure, Gerow recommends that Microsoft include walls in its future versions of SharePoint to protect documents and data that play a critical role in all law firms.

"I'm hopeful that Microsoft will step back and say, 'Yes, this is something that we want to offer.'" Gerow said. "It's no accident that document management system vendors have provided 'deny' security settings for over a decade because they have been addressing the core needs of knowledge workers and knowledge sharing since they've been in existence."

Mr. Gerow, called the "SharePoint guru" by LTN, has written numerous articles on SharePoint, including "Project Management with SharePoint Task ​Lists" (EndUserSharePoint) and "10 Things ShareP​oint Can Do for Your Firm" (LAW.com).

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