Our very own Sharon Nelson and John Simek received the ABA Law Practice Division’s Robert P. Wilkins Award in Recognition of Overall Achievement in Division Publications.
The award was presented by Dennis Kennedy, the Chair of the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center, who said they were receiving it for “writing a bazillion books and articles for the Division.”
We love to give back here at Sensei! We were very excited to donate this doggy themed basket (see picture) to the Greenspun Shapiro PC’s Spring Soirée which raises money for the National Alliance on Mental Illness! National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Northern Virginia and its volunteers work together to raise awareness and provide education, advocacy, and support programs for people living with mental illness, families, students, educators, law enforcement, and the public throughout our neighborhoods.
Recently, Sensei’s Sharon Nelson, John Simek, and Michael Maschke wrote “Practical cybersecurity for law firms: How to batten down the hatches” for the ABA Journal. The ABA Journal is read by half of the nation’s 1 million lawyers every month. It covers the trends, people and finances of the legal profession from Wall Street to Main Street to Pennsylvania Avenue. This article appears in the October 2017 edition.
What caught the attention of lawyers was an apparent infection in one of DLA Piper’s European offices that brought the law firm’s normal operations to a halt. As we write, the extent of the damage is still unclear.
Times have changed since CryptoLocker first ran wild in 2013, but the results are still as devastating. The costs of ransoms have significantly gone up from a few hundred dollars to the $1,000-plus range for the decryption key to unlock the affected files—and more than half of those who pay up do not receive the decryption key. So much for honor among thieves!
Sensei’s Sharon Nelson and John Simek were mentioned in “Prioritizing Cybersecurity on a Limited Budget” by Frank Santini in the September/October 2017 issue of the ABA’s Law Practice magazine. The Law Practice magazine is a bi-monthly publication of the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Division.
Excerpt: In the end there is only so much that can be done with a healthy budget, let alone a limited one. As Sharon Nelson and John Simek stated in Law Practice’s November/December 2015 Hot Buttons column, it’s not if a data breach will happen, it’s when. Every FBI and Secret Service agent I’ve spoken to in the past year has echoed this mantra. With those kind of cold, hard facts, there is only one option to hedge the risk: insurance.
Excerpt: With so many recent disasters and perhaps more ahead, the ABA Law Practice Division advises you to do some planning NOW!
Have a Disaster Recovery Plan which you review annually. Define who is responsible for what. It should be electronic and in the cloud as well as in paper. Several trusted members of the firm should also keep a paper copy at home.
Communications are always the #1 problem. An emergency contact list should be in paper and in the cloud where it can be accessed via a computer or a phone.