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Law departments worldwide have been racing to transform the way they work in order to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us for a panel discussion of law department leaders moderated by Rees Morrison that will explore the challenges and opportunities posed by the sudden emergence of our new business operating environment. Our discussion will cover a broad range of issues and approaches for better managing people and processes in the work from home framework, including the impact on training and support, technology as well as the law department’s interaction with business units and outside counsel.
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• Emily Dimond, Managing Senior Counsel, eDiscovery at PNC Bank
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• Kristin Herber, Managing Counsel, Litigation at Under Armour
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Posted on April 3, 2020 by Greg Spicer
A Q&A with Greg Spicer, the CRO of Braintrace, explaining their newest service offering that provides state-of-the-art data security for all firm employees who need to work remotely, no matter what sort of home device they may be working from.
Posted on March 31, 2020 by Frank Flores
A remote work environment may seem ideal for employees, but it can create a number of creative loopholes that hackers can exploit. Chief among areas of potential vulnerability is video conferencing, which has become an essential part of the toolset for employees working from but which hackers are now actively targeting! Here are give key steps employers should be taking to secure their videoconferencing systems.
Posted on March 22, 2020 by Braintrace
Due to COVID-19, many of us are forced to work at home. The Braintrace team came together to bring to you tips to stay secure while away from the office. We created this article for our IT professional clients to share with their colleagues. Follow these steps to create a secure home office.
Posted on February 20, 2020 by Greg Spicer
Every website domain has hundreds, if not thousands, of permutations. Most of these permutated domains are completely harmless, involving a simply typographical variation on the original domain name. However, every now and again a fraudster will create a domain based on one of these permutations with bad intentions, hoping to compromise the security of the original domain. It’s important to understand and take reasonable steps to mitigate this risk, so you can better protect your vital business domains.
Posted on January 28, 2020 by Frank Flores
A list of 8 essential tips on how to enhance your law firm's cyber security from the Director of Security Operations for Braintrace. These are all critical practices that should be incorporated into your security routine in order to stay 3 or 5 steps ahead of the bad actors who are out there now, probing and waiting for the chance to compromise your law firm’s security.
Posted on January 7, 2020 by
In keeping with the time-honored tradition of publishing best of lists to celebrate the New Year, here is our list of the ten most popular stories that appeared in Law Technology Digest in 2019. What do you suppose it says about the pace of technological change last year that the top story provides 18 euphemisms for “I haven’t got a f*cking clue”?
Posted on December 5, 2019 by Joseph Lamport
In the first part of this series, I wrote about how the platform business model is one of the defining features of our current state of technological and economic development, evident in such business success stories as Uber and Airbnb. A platform business is one that creates value by facilitating exchanges, of either information, good or services, among otherwise independent groups and individuals via the platform it creates. I also explained how the platform business model is of growing importance in the legal market, not so much for connecting lawyers to clients but as a means of more effectively connecting the lawyers within a firm and thereby enabling a much more efficient and far more integrated work-flow.
In this second part of the series I’m going to take a closer look at Zola Suite, part of the new generation of cloud-based law practice platforms now available on the market. Zola Suite formally launched in 2015, after a few years in development, but in fairly short order it has emerged as a market leading solution for mid-sized and larger law firms. This positions Zola in notable contrast to its better-known cloud-based provider, Clio, which has attracted a large number of solos and small firm clients to its platform.
Posted on November 12, 2019 by Joseph Lamport
In the past, law firms were held together primarily by their partnership agreements, which laid out the rules for how firm-wide decisions got made and how the spoils of collective labor would be divvied up. Law firms of the future – whether they are organized as partnerships, LLCs or some other alternative business structure – will most certainly be far more dependent on whatever practice platform they choose to adopt. It will be the practice platform, much more than the partnership agreement, that provides the insight, controls and coherence that holds the firm together.
Posted on October 23, 2019 by Joseph Lamport
Casetext keeps leading the way by introducing powerful new applications of AI in the legal research market. This week they announced the roll out of CARA Patent, a new product that leverages the power of AI technology to transform patent law research.
Posted on October 17, 2019 by Katherine Riley, CISA, CISM
One recent study estimated that a cyber-attack occurs every 39 seconds, which underscores the need of every business in America to be prepared for the possibility that their network security will eventually be tested if not breached. For law firms, the risk is even more severe. As of 2017, around 20% of all U.S. based law firms had been hacked. By early 2019, that percentage had risen to an alarming 25%.
And yet severe as the risk of security breach is, fewer than half of all law firms in the US have an adequate incident response plan in place, and less than a third of those firms with plans have undertaken any testing to ensure their preparedness in case of an attack. The lack of planning and testing only increases the dangers law firms face.
Posted on October 15, 2019 by Kerry Carroll
Document comparison is an absolutely essential technology for law firms today. It’s a critical productivity tool that most lawyers rely on every day and it plays a vital role in client service because it’s how your firm keeps clients fully informed about work-in-progress. How does your current solution stack up against compareDocs - the leading document comparision tool on the market?
Posted on October 9, 2019 by Joseph Lamport
Parsons Behle Lab has embarked on an ambitious tech development effort, which represents a striking departure from the way most law firms have approached similar innovation and tech development initiatives. They are in the process of building a new type of law practice platform, which is open for other law firms and lawyers to use, and which enables participating firms to expand the services they offer to their own clients. It's a platform that seems laden with opportunity for all those who choose to get involved.
Posted on September 23, 2019 by Joseph Lamport
One of the most frustrating tendencies of technology is to create new problems while trying to solve old ones. It's reminiscent of the drinker who drinks to forget he’s drinking in the Little Prince, with the problem and solution forever chasing each other in circular fashion.
Posted on September 9, 2019 by Anders Spile
For decades, law firms have upheld strong boundaries between the firm and the society in which they operate. The law firm maintains itself as a sturdy fortress, within which hierarchy, culture and tradition go unchallenged. The career path remains clear; associates and junior lawyers execute repetitive work in an attempt to get to the promised land of the equity partner with the result being that billable hours are silently killing all innovative efforts happening lawyer-to-lawyer.
Posted on August 16, 2019 by Joseph Lamport
Editor’s Note: We recently had a chance to sit down with Greg Spicer, the CRO at Braintrace, to talk about the growing importance of information security management and the option for registration under ISO 27001 for law firms today. Braintrace is one of the top cybersecurity consulting firms in the country serving the legal, financial and government markets.
Most Recent Issue
With 300 episodes of Litera TV "in the can," Litera's daily live streaming of interviews, educational, legal tech and legal practice tips is very much a success. I am honored to be ask to host my own program, Law Tech Weekly with Jeff Brandt. It will be on Thursdays at 10:30 am ET and if you have topics or people that you would like to see addressed, drop me a line! My very first guest will be my good friend and mentor, Curt Meltzer, Evangelist at Litera Microsystems. Curt and I go way back (a few of you will know Curt hired me at my very first job in legal!) I'll be joining the ranks of Bob Ambrogi and new comers, Ari Kaplan, and Caroline Hill. I hope you'll tune in! Read more at LawSites: Litera TV Marks 300th Show With New Lineup Of Legal Tech Experts As Hosts
More patches and less uglies
There were several posts in my PinHawk feeds this morning commenting on Microsoft's emergency patches for critical security holes in the Windows Codecs Library. I chose this one because the author, Paul Ducklin, takes the time to provide those not familiar with the term, exactly what a Codecs Library is. The bottom line - more patching. And while we're on the subject of Microsoft, let's talk Windows 10 Start Menu tiles. Microsoft has reworked the garish, blocky, (dare I saw ugly) tiles by making them semi-transparent and theme aware. It's a little thing, but a step forward in improving the user interface and experience. Read more at:
naked security: Microsoft issues critical fixes for booby-trapped images - update now!
BLEEPINGCOMPUTER: Microsoft unveils new Windows 10 Start Menu with theme-aware tiles
Feed your BYOD policy some spinach
Doug Austin provides three great examples as to why you should go back and review your current BYOD policies. The cases show that "failing to preserve data from mobile devices led to various levels of sanctions against the spoliating parties, not to mention the effort it took to defend themselves against even more significant sanctions." Do your policies need fed some spinach? Read more at Ipro Blog: Recent Case Law Illustrates the Importance of Addressing BYOD in Your Organization
Not going away anytime soon
I'm a little more dubious of the demise of email then Frank Ready would seem to be based on his post's title. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for pushing appropriate communications out of electronic mail. Slack, Teams and other tools all have value. But there are also policy, control, search and other issues associated with them. I think the general answer to Frank's title question is no. But then I'd also argue, that life, specifically business life, post-email, is not something happening in the immediate future. Email is not going away. Read more at Legaltech news: Are Companies and Legal Departments Ready for Life Post-Email?
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