Posted on January 10, 2021 by Keith Vallely
The rush of law firms and law departments to embrace a full Microsoft 365 solution is only just getting started. The next obvious step is integrating Teams usage with true Legal Document Management solutions built right into the law firm’s Microsoft 365 Tenant. Why? The firm’s IT department is now seeing documents being stored in Teams (SharePoint), or the lawyers “Personal” [for Business] OneDrive’s (ostensibly SharePoint), or worse, back on the desktop since users are spending most of their time in Teams. Emails are still stored in Exchange, but now legal professionals want their emails, their chats, and their documents, each accessed in different Microsoft Applications, integrated into one dashboard-like experience. So what's the best way forward?
Posted on December 15, 2020 by Mike Smith
From Braintrace Labs, here is a critical alert on the latest malware threat, now dubbed SUNBURST, which has compromised government and private industry network. SUBURST is difficult to detect but not altogether impossible. Several Indicators of Compromise (IOCs) have already been established that will help us know whether this attack has taken place on your network.
Posted on December 14, 2020 by Keith Vallely
Microsoft 365 now makes it far easier for law firms to choose a single platform to resolve their most challenging tech issues, and lower infrastructure costs at the same time. Firms are finding it harder to justify the spend, and more difficult to maintain and support multiple tech solutions for interrelated tech functionality. Law Firms are now starting to realize that the cloud as an infrastructure solution, especially as provided by Microsoft is the future. Part three of this four part series discusses Teams, Microsoft's collaboration solution.
Posted on December 6, 2020 by Keith Vallely
Microsoft 365 now makes it far easier for law firms to choose a single platform to resolve their most challenging tech issues, and lower infrastructure costs at the same time. Firms are finding it harder to justify the spend, and more difficult to maintain and support multiple tech solutions for interrelated tech functionality. Law Firms are now starting to realize that the cloud as an infrastructure solution, especially as provided by Microsoft is the future. Part two of this four part series discusses Intune, Microsoft's virtual desktop solution.
Posted on December 1, 2020 by Keith Vallely
Microsoft 365 now makes it far easier for law firms to choose a single platform to resolve their most challenging tech issues, and lower infrastructure costs at the same time. Firms are finding it harder to justify the spend, and more difficult to maintain and support multiple tech solutions for interrelated tech functionality. Law Firms are now starting to realize that the cloud as an infrastructure solution, especially as provided by Microsoft is the future. The question for most firms is no longer if they will utilize Microsoft 365, but how much of it will they utilize?
Posted on November 20, 2020 by John Limb
In the past few weeks, we have seen a significant increase in malicious attacks by bad actors using Cobalt Strike. Cobalt Strike is a legitimate tool used to give penetration testers access to many different attack capabilities. The issue lies when this toolkit gets into the wrong hands. Predominantly we have been seeing Cobalt Strike deploy an agent named “Beacon” for post-exploitation. Deploying this successfully can lead to a Ryuk Ransomware attack.
Posted on November 3, 2020 by John Limb
A new round of ransomware attacks targeting the healthcare industry is imposing a new strain on hospital networks already pushed to the breaking point by the COVID-19 pandemic. But security experts from Braintrace have recently developed a state-of-the-art network analysis tool called Dragonfly that can effectively fingerprint the virus families behind this latest round of attacks using encrypted payload analysis.
Posted on October 23, 2020 by Nicole Denton
From the security team at Braintrace, here are 16 essential steps your team should be taking to protect your organization from all forms of cyberattacks, including BEC, ransomware and crippling viruses.
Posted on September 21, 2020 by Joseph Lamport
What does it take to build a breakthrough technology product today? We recently had a chance to sit down with John Limb, the CTO at Braintrace, who is the primary driver behind the development of Dragonfly, a cutting-edge Network Traffic Analysis tool, which takes the fight against malware to the next level. Compared to all the other NTA’s on the market today, Dragonfly provides near-complete visibility, including visibility into encrypted communications, that makes it far easier for the security team to stay a few steps ahead of all the bad actors.
Posted on August 5, 2020 by Carla Landry
Which technologies will take your firm to the next level? Carla Landry explains that it's important to find the technology that best complements your firm and practice group goals in order to provide the competitive momentum you need and the value-add clients demand.
Posted on April 16, 2020
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
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
The 2021 Wolters Kluwer Future Ready Lawyer Survey Report is out and this morning we've got multiple commentaries on it. Richard Tromans' takeaway is that your organization's (law firms and corporate legal) culture is holding back the adoption of technology. From the same report, Bob Amrogi's take is that organizations are not well prepared for addressing technology's increasing importance. Richard accented the lack of tech strategy, a culture that fears change, lack of change management processes and leadership resistance to change to name a few, writing, "Now, the balance of challenges will change from business to business, but this site's guess is that it's not so much about active resistance to change, but instead the sheer difficulty in changing workflows that have existed for many, many years." Bob noted the huge differential in number, writing that while more then 75% identified two huge impacts on their organizations (the increasing importance of legal tech and the ever increasing volume and complexity of information), "Yet only 33% said their organizations are very prepared to address the increasing importance of legal technology and only 32% said they are very prepared to address the increased volume and complexity of information." For the price of your basic info and email address, you can get your own copy of the 40-page report here. (Oddly enough the only C-level position they seem to care about is CFO.) Read more at:
Artificial Lawyer: Culture Eats Legal Tech For Breakfast (Again) - Wolters Kluwer Survey
LawSites: Pandemic Accelerated Tech's Importance, But Firms Remain Poorly Prepared for Tech Future, Survey Says
Clash of the Misfits?
Stephen Embry is asking the same question I have been when I see all the shedding of office space and rules for WFH. What happens when new new normal meets old normal law firm culture? He writes, "Add to the mix law firm reluctance to change, the desire of younger lawyers for the flexibility remote work provides, and an apparent shortage of associate talent that has set off some bidding wars. On the face of it, it looks like there is the possibility of a culture clash, the result of which could have far reaching repercussions." What will happen? Sure. In some firms. Stephen says, "But at the end of the day, money talks. And without clients balking at continued higher rates, it will be more or less a return to the old normal. Only slightly off-topic, is anyone keeping track of the new (old/new, new/new?) normal count? Read more at TechLaw Crossroads: Law Firms and the New Normal: Meet the New Boss?
October 14, 2025
Hear ye, hear ye! Let is be known to all that ye ol' Windows 10 shall see it's support endeth on the fourteenth of October, in the year of 2025. Ye havest been warned most soundly. Read more at Your IT Consultant: Windows 10 End of Support Date Announced
Special BraintraceLABS Research June Update!
The good folks at Braintrace continue to run a special set of educational cybersecurity research and threat advisory updates. The newest update is all about a Epsilon Red. It is a new ransomware threat that uses a very strong algorithm to encrypt files before asking for a hefty ransom payment. Make sure you get the Braintrace Threat Advisory! Security is not something you can leave unattended. Reach out to Braintrace and ask about their services and request a Dragonfly demo today.
How are you improving efficiency and profitability in your firm? It all starts with the right financial management system. SurePoint, a leading provider of financial and practice management software to law firms, is happy to provide you information to make that decision. They've prepared an ebook that goes over making the switch to cloud-based financial management system; how to evaluate your firm's current feature functionality, must-have features and wish-list features and the four key attributes to consider for adapting your practice management system to your firm's needs. If you're looking to join a community of nearly 50,000 members who are already "freeing lawyers of administrative burdens so they can spend far more time focusing on their clients and their practice" then SurePoint Technologies is the company to know! Be sure to reach out to them today!
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