During the session titled “Anatomy of a Law Firm Security Breach”, John W. Simek and co-presenter Dave G. Ries, a partner at Thorp Reed & Armstrong, told attendees that rootkit attacks hide malicious resources and processes that can capture passwords, screen shots and files and secretly send them through a newly created backdoor to its launcher. Don’t know what a rootkit is? Read here…
Co-presenters Sharon D. Nelson, president of Sensei Enterprises, Inc. and Tom Mighell, a lawyer and senior consultant at Dallas-based Contural, offered security tips for using laptops, smartphones and tablets over a public WiFi network. “We don’t like to be disconnected, but the more connected we are, the more we have to be careful about how we use wireless technology”, Nelson said. Read the full story…
Wendy Inge, Virginia risk manager for Liability ALPS, reprinted an article by Sensei’s Sharon Nelson and John Simek entitled “Essential Law Firm Technology Policies and Plans”. She said that if your 2012 to-do list did not list review of your basic technology policies, it should. To assist in getting organized and informed on these essential policies and procedures, she reprinted Sharon and John’s excellent article. Read the article here…
Essentially, each “Doe” was charged with one count of copyright infringement based on, among other things, a spot check of the purported location of the IP addresses of the alleged infringers. John Simek stated in his declaration that it is impossible to be able to ascertain the identity of the actual of the actual infringer with only the public IP address or prove that the John Does willfully and intentionally downloaded/shared the movie in question. Read the full story…
Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway discuss using iPads in the courtroom with Tom Mighell, author of iPad in One Hour for Lawyers and the newly released book iPad Apps in One Hour for Lawyers. Tom also blogs about the iPad in the legal community at iPad 4 Lawyers. This podcast was motivated by a webinar that Jim and Tom did with trial lawyer Jamie Moncus earlier this year for the ABA Law Practice Management Section. The story of Jamie Moncus and the $37.5 million dollar verdict his firm obtained at trial using an iPad is discussed.
Ross Kodner presents thoughts on law practice management and technology issues in the noted blog Ross Ipsa Loquitur. Recently, on the subject of the iPads finally being able to get over the air (OTA) updates starting with IOS 5, Ross published John’s opinion that caution is warranted – there are backup issues! Read his comments and related posts here…
If you’re looking for speakers that both educate and entertain on a wide variety of legal technology and electronic evidence subjects, nobody does it better than Sharon D. Nelson, Esq. and John W. Simek. Here is their upcoming schedule.
March 22, 2012
Stupid Things Lawyers (and Paralegals) Do with Technology
Fairfax Bar Assn. Paralegal Section
March 24, 2012
Cool Technology for Hot Lawyers
Electronic Discovery: Sherlock Holmes Goes Digital
Ohio Northern U. College of Law
Hot Springs, VA.
March 27, 2012
The Anatomy and Pathology of a Data Breach
National HIPAA Summit
Virginia Lawyers Media, publisher of Virginia Lawyers Weekly has announced the Class of 2012 of “Influential Women of Virginia”. Sensei Enterprises’ President Sharon D. Nelson is one of the recipients of this honor. This awards program, now in its fourth year, recognizes the outstanding efforts of women in the Commonwealth in all fields, including law, business, health care, education and the arts. The honors are given to individuals who are making notable contributions to their chosen professions, their communities and society at large. The honorees will be celebrated at a gala luncheon on May 10 at the Richmond Marriott in downtown Richmond. The “Influential Woman of the Year” for 2012, to be voted on by the 2012 honorees themselves, will be announced at this luncheon. Each honoree also will be profiled in a special publication that will be distributed at the event and inserted into Virginia Lawyers Weekly in early May.
Bloomberg Businessweek says here’s the dilemma: You’re a Twitter power user. You nurture your feed, doling out little bon mots and sharing links to funny cat photos. Your follower count climbs to 1,000, then 10,000. You’re an influencer! All of a sudden, real life rears its ugly head. You’re run over by a bus, and your three children–all equally ambitious social media addicts–end up in a nasty feud over who deserves ownership of your carefully collected list of followers. Sharon Nelson, a lawyer and president of the legal technology firm Sensei Enterprises, says that although protecting digital assets is a new idea, it’s gaining importance quickly. “We are seeing people fight over digital assets in divorce,” she says, pointing to squabbles over who gets certain friends on Facebook and how to value a spouse’s Twitter account. “You only started hearing about it a year or two ago, but in another year or two, almost every lawyer will talk about it.” Read more…
In November of 2011, the FBI met with major New York law firms to deal with the rising number of law firm computer intrusions, warning them that hackers see attorneys as a back door to the valuable data of their corporate clients. In an age where lawyers frequently conduct business across wireless networks using smartphones and laptops, how can attorneys safeguard client data and confidential information? Locked Down, authored by Sensei’s Sharon D. Nelson and John W. Simek with David G. Ries, explains the wide variety of information security risks facing law firms and how lawyers can best protect their data from these threats–with any budget. This publication is written in clear, non-technical language that any lawyer can understand.