5 Steps to Prevent Cyberattacks and Safeguard Legal Client Information

Attacks like WannaCry and Petya have dominated tech news in recent years. Ransomware has become big business, with highly organized bad actors using increasingly sophisticated tactics. The risks and costs associated with ransomware have mounted higher than ever. But law firms can take simple, effective measures to prevent cyberattacks. In the legal industry, the real costs of cyberattacks reach beyond the budget. Law firms make extremely attractive targets for hackers because they store a wealth of sensitive information. Consequently, firms have an ethical obligation to proactively address technological challenges in the context of client matters. Catching hackers can prove nearly…

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Legal Technology Productivity Gains Level the Field for Smaller Firms

In the past, small to mid-size law firms simply could not compete with the big firms. With so much capital at their disposal, large firms had access to tools that boutique firms could only dream of using. And the smaller firms lacked personnel to dedicate to complex technology projects. But practical legal technology productivity gains for smaller firms can level the playing field. From updated infrastructure to automation, cloud computing and eDiscovery, technology plays a key role in improving a firm’s competitive positioning. When attorneys work more efficiently, focusing their time on billable tasks, productivity and client satisfaction increase. Technology…

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IT Solutions for Remote Work Boost Law Firm Productivity

Like their counterparts in other industries, lawyers across the globe began working from home in 2020. The shift to remote work offered greater flexibility for employees, along with reduced overhead and increased profits for firms. But it also brought challenges that firms need to address moving forward. IT solutions for remote work support ongoing success. Remote Work Challenges for Law Firms For law firms, the challenges that accompany remote work fall into four major categories: Security and regulatory compliance – The legal industry deals with more than the usual quota of regulations, from state ethics panels to privacy laws such…

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Law Firm Mobile Security Best Practices

Like most businesses, law firms have seen an increased mobile workforce in recent years. Mobile access increases employees’ ability to communicate with clients and coworkers quickly, as well as access documents on the run. But it also raises security concerns. Incorporate law firm mobile security best practices to protect sensitive business and client data. 1. Employ Mobile Device Management (MDM) The industry offers a host of MDM options to help your law firm get a handle on mobile security. Choose an MDM system that allows you to specify which devices can access the network, as well as what applications they…

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Create a modern IT strategy as your CIO role evolves

used with permission from Tektonika (HP) by Rose de Fremery As an IT leader, your job is growing more challenging by the day. Your IT strategy must be sophisticated and agile, balancing digital transformation priorities with security imperatives—and you probably have to stick to a lean budget too. What are the non-negotiable priorities you absolutely must include? Here’s a look at some of the most important IT issues that a modern CIO or CTO must tackle and why they matter to your success. 1. Enable digital maturity Digital transformation may be the buzzword phrase of the moment, but there’s a…

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8 Law Firm Cyber Security Best Practices

In 2015, an anonymous source leaked 11.5 million documents stolen from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. The client information included in the leak affected over 200,000 entities in more than forty countries. Incidents like this highlight the need for a focus on law firm cyber Security. The law firm closed because of the scandal, which also resulted in the resignation of various high government officials. Just one year later, news reports broke that hackers had stolen information from as many as 48 major law firms, using that information to gain millions of dollars through insider trading. I could go…

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Document Management Essentials for Law Firms

Documentation forms the core of every legal case, from photos and emails to briefs and depositions. Keeping that information organized, secure and searchable not only improves efficiency but also minimizes the chance for malpractice. For law firms, effective document management is critical to success. Consider the repercussions of misplacing a critical email or file, for example. Or imagine the effect of a security breach on an active case. The fallout could be disastrous for both your legal firm and for your clients. Implementing the right document management solution protects your organization and delivers powerful tools for collaboration. Vital Document Management…

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Law Firms Migrating to the Cloud Successfully

We recently invited Attorneys to answer three questions about law firms migrating to the cloud:  Why do law firms delay migration to the cloud? Is cloud data security for law firms better or worse than in-house security? and, What should law firms look for in a cloud services provider? The firms who responded below have successfully moved to the cloud. Thus, consider their informative opinions on migrating to the cloud, cloud data security and choosing a cloud services provider. Improve Network Equipment and Bandwidth First Thomas J. Simeone of Simeone & Miller, LLP, responded: There are three primary reasons our…

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3 Technology Trends That Can Transform the Legal World

The hospitality industry is replacing room service with virtual assistants and farmers are trading in their almanacs for algorithms, but the legal vertical seems hesitant to move forward without reading the fine print. It makes sense that an industry predicated upon handwritten signatures and careful consideration is slow to embrace today’s automated, instantaneous culture, but some concepts demand a retrial.Here are three technological tools that are criminally underused in the legal world—and how they can transform your law firm or legal department. Artificial intelligence (AI) In the age of Big Data, the average person produces an estimated 2.5 exabytes of…

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Is Your Business Ready for GDPR?

In May 2018, a European privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is due to take effect. We in the United States may think that it doesn’t apply to us. But, if you sell to customers in the European Union (think about Internet sales) it does. And, after venting your frustration over new and complicated regulations, you need to take steps to be ready for GDPR. The GDPR imposes new rules on companies, government agencies, non-profits, and other organizations that offer goods and services to people in the EU, or that collect and analyze data tied to EU residents….

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