Excerpt: Ever since Apple delivered an iPhone with Touch ID there have been all kinds of ways to defeat the fingerprint sensor. There have been some elaborate (and expensive) methods from using 3-D printing to using Gummi Bears and everything in between. Back in September of 2013, German hacker Starbug successfully proved that bypassing Touch ID was “no challenge at all,” according to Ars Technica. As Starbug mentioned in the interview, it took him nearly 30 hours from unpacking the iPhone to developing the hack to reliably bypass the fingerprint security.
Excerpt: What does the Internet of Everything mean for lawyers? Evidence – lots and lots of new sources of evidence. The continuing loss of privacy. A life that is so connected to the Internet that it will be hard to get through even a few minutes of our day without the Internet having an impact. But we are ahead of ourselves – so let’s step back and analyze an accelerating trend.
We first became interested in the Internet of Everything (known as IoE) when wearable technology became the hot new trend. We’ve heard the words for a couple of years but wearable tech really started to pick up steam in 2014 as companies rushed to the marketplace with, in particular, smartwatches.
Research firm Gartner anticipates that revenues from wearable tech will more than triple by 2016, going from $1.6 billion to $5 billion. It is no wonder that companies are rushing to board that train.
Excerpt: Technology has come to rule us all – to varying degrees – and with dire consequences in some cases. We’ve seen lawyers suffer from depression, alcoholism and drug use connected to their technology use. We’ve seen marriages dissolve. We’ve talked to lawyers who can’t sleep at night. Their blood pressure is terrible – some have chronic headaches, even chest pains. They are restless when not online. They neglect family and friends. They develop carpal tunnel syndrome or dry eyes. Their backs and necks hurt. They’ve made attempts to restrict their conduct – unsuccessfully. They lose track of time while on the computer – who among us has not felt an hour or two slip away unnoticed?
We can’t blame technology for everything, but there is no question that it is causing a lot of lawyers major stress.
Excerpt: Can lawyers actually manage their technology (instead of it managing them)? Buying, implementing, replacing and securing technology are huge challenges – especially when you have billable work to do. And yet, technology is the most important part of a law firm today – at least after the carbon-based units!
What are lawyers doing wrong?
Rare is the solo/small firm which does an annual review of its technology. Firms tend not to plan, but rather to buy technology when a new need arises, when a partner demands the latest cool tech toy, or when something breaks. In our world, we call that the “Break/Fix” method of (not) managing technology.
Excerpt: Did you know that cyberthieves also have Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales – of stolen credentials, including IDs, passwords, e-mails, credit card info, addresses, etc.? Your information IS their product so be wary of making it easy for them to engage in identity theft.
Excerpt: In the simplest terms, cryptography is the science of secret communication. It involves transmitting and storing data in a form that only the intended recipient can read. Encryption is one form of cryptography.
Encryption is the conversion of data into a form, called a ciphertext, that cannot be easily understood by unauthorized people. Decryption is the process of converting encrypted data back into its original form (plaintext), so it can be understood.
Excerpt: For years, the emphasis was on preventing villains – cybercriminals, state-sponsored agents, business espionage spies and hackers – out. We went from fairly simple anti-virus software to sophisticated anti-virus software and, finally, to enterprise anti-malware software security suites.
The products got better and better and better. Sadly, what we learned is that all the would-be intruders were not only matching the good guys step for step, they were outpacing them.
Excerpt: Finally, a tablet that can replace a laptop. Much as lawyers love their iPads – and they are great for surfing, e-mailing and presenting evidence in court – they are not true laptop replacements when it comes to business productivity. This is the next true war – consumer tablets have reached a saturation point and consumers are not replacing them as fast as manufacturers had hoped.
Excerpt: It is somewhat mind-boggling to realize that Facebook is only a decade old. Yet here we are, with more social media platforms than we can count. One sixth of the world’s population was on Facebook as of 2014. 74% of all online American adults use it. And yet, we have had very little concrete history in the courts – what opinions we have are often contradictory. Unless you’ve dealt with a particular judge, you may have no idea what kind of a ruling you are likely to get with respect to social media evidence.
For those running a business or law firm which is actively on multiple social media platforms, you may need to archive all that data for compliance reasons. And it goes without saying that your data will be subject to discovery. In real life, many companies are not archiving, regulations notwithstanding. And few firms understand that their social media postings are subject to discovery until they receive a discovery request.
Excerpt: Here’s the rub: It is HARD to find legal tech presenters who are both engaging and have in-depth knowledge. We regularly see state bar associations and other legal education groups bemoan the difficulty of putting together compelling legal technology education.
It therefore occurred to us that we might share our own experience in organizing the Virginia State Bar’s TECHSHOW – a clear and ABA-approved doff of the cap to the Law Practice Division’s fabulously successful and entertaining/educational conference, ABA TECHSHOW®.