Sharon Nelson and John Simek of Sensei will be presenting “Budget Friendly Legal Technology” and “60 Tech Tips in 60 Minutes” at the “Let’s Talk Tech” conference hosted by the Richmond Bar Association. The conference will be held on September 26 in Richmond, VA.
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Sharon Nelson and John Simek will be presenting their seminar “Practical, Ethical and Affordable Cybersecurity for Solo/Small Firm Lawyers” at multiple Virginia State Bar events this year and next.
In this episode of Digital Detectives, hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek speak with Oklahoma Bar Association’s Management Assistance Program Director Jim Calloway about ways small firm and solo attorneys can improve their cyber security. Jim talks about the increased awareness of cyber security in the solo and small law firm community as a result of the recent news coverage of data breaches occurring in a variety of companies. This level of visibility and growing pool of attorneys who have personal experience with someone who has had a data breach or digital disaster has cultivated an understanding that a compromised database or dead computer can put the entire law firm out of business. He states that seeing these large companies being compromised can often cause small firms with much smaller budgets to question if there is anything they can do to protect themselves. Jim points out that attorneys running their own firms or small businesses have a duty to supervise their employees and provides his 5 top cyber security tips to help these very firms and solo lawyers protect themselves, their clients, and address the importance of physically securing company laptops and other mobile devices. He closes the interview with an analysis of the risks and rewards of utilizing cloud-based practice management tools designed specifically for legal professionals and his advice for law firms who feel that they can’t afford to adequately secure themselves.
This time On the Road at the 2016 ABA Annual Meeting, hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek speak with Electronic Frontier Foundation Executive Director Cindy Cohn, United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Federal Judge James Jones, and Chairman and Associate Professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School Mohammed Hafez about the ongoing quest to prevent terrorism. Mohammad mentions that the increased visibility of global terrorist attacks has given rise to a discourse about how we should best deal with this issue, by understanding the nature of terrorism and how it has evolved over the years. Judge Jones gives a brief background on the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA Court), which was established in 1978. Each judge serves as a duty judge in the court’s secure location in Washington D.C. for a week at a time to receive applications from the Department of Justice for surveillance of individuals suspected of terrorists activities. Cindy provides her thoughts on the concept of using the mechanisms of big data to predict who is going to engage in terrorist activity and the extent to which the FISA Court has approved mass surveillance procedures and programs that involve collection and/or analysis of large swathes of information. They close the interview by further investigating the versatility of terrorist organizations and how terrorism has transformed over time.
Sharon Nelson and John Simek’s article, “Why Do Lawyers Resist Ethical Rules Requiring Competence With Technology?” was featured recently in Slaw Magazine. Slaw is a Canadian online legal magazine.
Excerpt: We live in a “breach-a-day” world which suggests even more strongly that we need to pay attention to sensitive client data. According to a 2013 Mandiant Threat Report, law firms and consultants constitute 7% of the targets of advanced attackers. This has come to mean that we are the easy route to getting the data of our clients. Cybercriminals and state-sponsored hackers alike have attacked law firms, large and small – and they are all too often successful because employees are not trained in safe computing, security patches and updates are not installed, out-of-support software (receiving no security updates) continues to be used, and they do not employ encryption.
Sensei is happy to be a sponsor the annual networking event at the Wine House in Fairfax for the Fairfax Bar Association‘s Law Practice Management section again this year! This section educates its members and the members of the FBA on law practice management topics, including management, marketing, finance, and efficient use of technology.