Paper contracts. Desktop computers filled with documents. Faxes. The legal profession has one foot still firmly in the past, tethering legal professionals to desks, law libraries and courtrooms. Because law firms are by their nature conservative in their efforts to keep confidential information secure, the needs for technology and security are often at odds.Mobility is helping break down many barriers. New mobile applications are making legal professionals more productive and better able to communicate with each other, and their clients. Paper contracts are turning into e-documents that can be edited and distributed. E-signatures are replacing trips to the lawyer's office to sign documents. Mobile collaboration tools are allowing legal staff to contribute to documents in real time, regardless of location.However, overcoming the security hurdle is key. Over the years, law firms and corporate clients created a secure net of safeguards on mainframes and computers to protect client data and guard against breaches of confidentiality. Can mobility offer the same level of security?