Your goal, says John Simek of Sensei Enterprises, who is Nelson’s partner, is to create a “culture of cybersecurity.” And he has a simple solution: Train your employees.
Sensei is sponsoring dinner for the fabulous Kick the Tires faculty!
Kick the Tires is presented twice a year at the Fairfax County courthouse by the FBA Law Practice Management Section. The CLE demonstrates new wireless technology, including the ability to transmit screens from mobile devices. The CLE is a popular favorite where attendees can bring their own mock evidence – flash drives, DVDs, X-rays, maps, digital cameras, mobile devices, etc. so they can derive the maximum advantage from this CLE. The faculty provides an hour of technical information and demonstrations and then attendees have an hour to work with the technology themselves. Sensei is happy to sponsor dinner for the faculty this year at the Fairfax Hard Times Café!
“Credit Card Processing: Are You Compliant?” by Sensei’s Sharon Nelson and John Simek was featured in the September issue of the Wisconsin Lawyer. The Wisconsin Lawyer is a publication of the State Bar of Wisconsin.
Excerpt: Does your firm accept and process credit cards? If not, you probably should. Clients are more apt to pay their retainers or your invoices if they can use a credit card instead of writing you a check. The way you process credit cards is about to change in a big way (for all businesses), but let’s start at the beginning.
The first step in processing credit cards is getting a merchant account. A merchant account is essentially a contract with a “processor” that takes your transactions and processes them with the credit card companies (e.g. MasterCard, VISA, American Express, Discover, etc.). When you work with a processor, you will pay a variety of fees (e.g. discount percentage, transaction fee, etc.) for each one of your credit card transactions. Typically, the discount percentage will go down as you gather more and more information to validate the transactions. As an example, the discount rate will be lower if you have the cardholder’s complete address (including zip code) and CVV (card verification value) versus only having the billing zip code. Companies such as LawPay, Sage Payment Solutions, Square and Authorize.net are credit card processors.
In September, Sensei’s Sharon Nelson was featured in High Performance Counsel’s #TopOfMind. High Performance Counsel (HPC) is a place to find authentic leadership on a range of issues, including that of leadership itself in a changing industry, a digital workplace and a global economy.
Excerpt (Sharon’s Quote): Bloomberg BNA carried a story entitled “Big 4 Firms Plot Moves Into Global Niche Legal Markets.” The big four accounting firms are moving into the legal sector with increasingly aggression. PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte LLP, Ernst & Young, and KPMG LLP are placing a laser focus on their British-based offices – and their lawyers – to win multinational clients.
While the U.S. has been glacially slow in adopting alternative business structures (ABS), things are moving rapidly in the UK. PwC now has 2,500 attorneys globally, Deloitte has 2,000, EY has 2,100 and KPMG has 1,700.
All four firms have the same strategy – to exploit their international presence to provide a one-stop shop for global deals. A PcW spokesman said that the firm’s 2,500 lawyers makes PwC the sixth or seventh largest global law firm. The integrated services that the big four can offer are an added draw.
Remember the function of canaries in coal mines? I hear a canary singing now.