#SenseiSherlock was quite jealous that the immigration attorneys at the cybersecurity webinar presented by Sharon and John were in London!
“Securing Your Law Firm’s Website: A Critical Cybersecurity Task” by Sensei’s Sharon Nelson and John Simek was featured in the September 2017 issue of the San Bernardino Bar Association Bulletin.
Excerpt: One of a law firm’s most critical assets is its website – and yet protecting it is a priority that is often overlooked. Reading this and you’re not in a law firm? The same rules apply, so keep reading!
A lot of lawyers simply don’t think about protecting their websites. They ask why anyone would target them, especially if they are solos or small law firms. The sad truth is that, today, the majority of attacks against websites are automated. The bad guys throw out a net looking for websites with vulnerabilities and pull in whatever insecure fish they can find – along with any data held on your website.
If you are targeted, the risk is much greater. In all likelihood, you are now facing a more sophisticated attacker with a clear agenda who is likely to have more sophisticated tools.
See the entire article on page 8 of the bulletin here.
About the event: Established in 2001 by Fairfax, VA attorney Edward L. Weiner, Esq. and Founder of Mason Jazz Studies, Jim Carroll, Jazz 4 Justice is an award-winning annual concert presented by the Fairfax Law Foundation, Prince William County Bar Association and Mason Jazz Ensemble.
Jazz 4 Justice is a truly unique event where attorney’s, judges, students and members of the Northern Virginia community gather to celebrate their love of jazz. Proceeds from the evening help the Fairfax Law foundation continue its mission of service to the Northern Virginia community as well as providing financial support for the Mason Jazz Studies department for school trips, recordings and student scholarships.
Recently, Sensei’s Michael Maschke co-authored “Responding to a Cyber Reputation Attack: A Game Plan and a Digital Forensics Expert” with Joe Meadows and Laura Aradi which was featured in the ABA Section of Litigation’s Expert Witness.
Excerpt: In the cyber world, companies may be accused of selling defective goods, providing poor service, misleading customers, defrauding the government, or committing unethical or criminal conduct. These accusations can appear in emails to company clients or government enforcement agencies, posts on blogs or company websites, tweets, or streamed video clips on social media. They may come from competitors, customers, foreign governments, or strangers. What’s worse, they may be cloaked in the anonymity of the Internet, making it difficult (but not impossible) to hold responsible persons accountable.
Excerpt: Many commentators have predicted that 2017 will be the year of Amazon’s Alexa. Alexa is one of several virtual voice assistants that are working their way into our everyday lives. The Amazon Echo and the smaller Echo Dot had a great sales year in 2016 and finished off the holiday season as the best selling items on Amazon. Estimates by Forrester indicate that 6 million Amazon Echo devices were sold by the end of 2016. That’s a lot of hardware.
Alexa is just one of the virtual assistants available for lawyers today. There’s also Google Home/Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana and Samsung’s Bixby on the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Siri was the first on the market but has rapidly lost ground to Alexa and Google Assistant, the two big players in the virtual assistant offerings. Google has the advantage for research since it has access to the power of Google search. Alexa is a better integration device, especially with the addition of “skills” that allow it to connect to other services and apps. Bixby is the newest player in the virtual assistant space and promises to have some unique features that don’t exist in the others. One such feature is the ability to take a picture of something in a foreign language (e.g. road sign, business advertisement, etc.) and Bixby will translate it for you.
Sensei’s Sharon Nelson and John Simek were recently featured in “Running With the Experts: Takeaways From the 2017 Futures Conference” by Joan Feldman with Attorney at Work.
Sharon Nelson and John Simek: Run to Get Onboard
We were most struck by how many people were both excited about the future of AI and afraid of it. There were those who sided with the AI enthusiasm of Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, and those who shared the dark fears of Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking — and a large crossover between the two groups.
In terms of a takeaway tip, we believe that lawyers who wish to survive the transformation in law practice need to have some understanding of AI, how it is now being used in law firms, and how it will be used in the not-too-distant future. This was really a breakout year for AI in law practice — what we once dreamed of is becoming a reality. As the train has now inexorably left the station, lawyers need to run to get aboard — or at least to get educated about artificial intelligence quickly, so they are ready to board the next train!