- Priority Registration Opens May 31: Reserved for current Fellows, the Class of 2018 Fellows-Elect, COLPM’s 2018 Speakers and the designated representatives of COLPM’s 2018 sponsors.
- General Public Registration Opens July 15: Includes the above plus all others interested in learning more about this white-hot topic.
Giving back to our community is very important to everyone here at Sensei, which is why we are excited to be a part of Langley Residential Support Services’ Annual Fall Wine/Beer Tasting & Benefit Auction again this year. This year, the event will be on October 20th from 5 to 8:30 PM.
About the event: Each Fall we hold a Wine/Beer Tasting and Benefit Auction to raise funds for our programs and activities. It’s a wonderful opportunity to discover the perfect wine or beer for upcoming holiday meals and gatherings, enjoy a delicious buffet of hearty hors d’oeuvres, socialize and network with interesting people, and bid on great silent and live auction items.
Please join us for Uncorking a Rich, Full Life! We feel this describes the essence of what we work to achieve for all of the men and women with developmental disabilities in our program: To help them unleash their full potential and support them in living a life that is valued, productive and as independent as possible.
Sensei is excited to be one of four sponsors for the FBA Law Practice Management’s annual networking event at the Wine House in Fairfax. The event will be on September 6th from 4:00 to 5:45 PM.
About the Event: Back by popular demand, the Law Practice Management (LPM) Section invites you to our annual “summer wine down” networking event! Join us at The Wine House to swap stories and practice tips with colleagues over light refreshments and beverages. Your LPM Section leaders would also like to hear about the hot issues facing your practice to help guide our programming over the next year. See you there!
One California law firm was the target of a serious phishing attack one week after employees received training, she said. Because of the training, the staff was sensitized, an alert went out and the firm averted a breach.
John Simek, Sensei vice president, noted that spam filters and other software can help firms fight phishing scams, with some programs converting attachments to PDF files and changing all incoming links. He cited Microsoft’s Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection and similar offerings from other software vendors, including Proofpoint. Even then, he said, training is important, and software can have flaws.
“Just because you have the technology in place, don’t think you’re bulletproof,” Simek said.
Penetration testing, or hiring an ethical hacker to break into the network, is an effective way to find vulnerabilities, according to Sensei’s founders, who said it is critical to find people with proper certifications. These can include training from the SANS Institute, a certified information-systems security professional designation from ICS², or a certified ethical hacker certification.
“This is the most dangerous kind of security testing that is done,” because things can go wrong unintentionally, Nelson said.
While penetration testing may be too costly for very small businesses, Nelson recommended that companies of any size hire an independent third-party vendor to
conduct a security audit to identify vulnerabilities and make recommendations to address critical problems. Company leaders should know that IT professionals are not necessarily trained in best practices for analyzing and improving a company’s security posture, Simek said.
Sensei’s Sharon Nelson and John Simek’s article, “New WPA3 WiFi Standard Released” was featured recently in Slaw Magazine. Slaw is a Canadian online legal magazine.
Excerpt: Well, it’s finally here. In the fall of 2017, a vulnerability in WPA2 wireless encryption was discovered. Known as the Krack Attack, the flaw impacts every implementation of WPA2. The manufacturers needed to provide a patch update to fix the flaw. The Wi-Fi Alliance has now announced the availability of the WPA3 standard (to be implemented in certified devices starting later this year), vastly improving security over WPA2, which has been around for over 15 years and should be the current WiFi encryption of choice. WPA3 provides a new security protocol that contains improvements in terms of configuration, authentication and encryption. Just like WPA2, WPA3 will be available in personal and enterprise versions.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has garnered a lot of attention in a time where data protection has become a hot topic. But the GDPR isn’t the only privacy law deserving of attention. In this episode of Digital Detectives, hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek talk to Scott Pink about the California Consumer Privacy Act, a law that aims to give consumers more control over their privacy and data usage. They discuss the rights formally recognized by this act, what kind of businesses it applies to, and whether other states are likely to adopt similar legislation.
The FBA Paralegal Section, in a collaborative effort with the Fairfax Law Foundation, is once again collecting monetary donations for its Annual Back-to-School Supplies Drive. This program benefits the preschool and school-aged children assisted through New Hope Housing and FACETS, both non-profit organizations assisting homeless individuals and families in Fairfax County.
The unfortunate reality is that back-to-school time can be a huge burden on families who struggle each year to provide their children with school supplies. Your generous tax-deductible monetary donation will assist in buying items that conform to mandatory school supply lists.
Monetary donations may be made payable and mailed to the Fairfax Law Foundation: 4110 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 216, Fairfax, VA 22030. Donations will be accepted through Wednesday, August 22, 2018.
Click here to make your tax-deductible contribution online using Visa, MasterCard, or Discover.