Sensei speakers Sharon Nelson and John Simek are looking forward to speaking at the Fairfax Bar Association‘s Annual Legal Technology CLE. Sharon and John are presenting two seminars 1) Vetting Technology: A Practical Guide and 2) 60 Legal Tech Tips in 60 Minutes. The CLE is presented by the Law Practice Management Section and will be held on October 17 from 4-7 PM at the Fairfax Country Courthouse.
On October 4, Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) News featured the Ride the Lightning (RTL) post: “Hacking Our Election System? A Piece of Cake” included in today’s top stories. PLUS is recognized as the primary source of professional liability educational programs and seminars, networking events, educational products, and information regarding professional liability. Ride the Lightning is a cybersecurity and e-discovery blog by Sensei’s Sharon Nelson.
Excerpt: Naked Security reported on October 1st that ethical hackers have proven again that it is easy as pie to hack U.S. election systems which will be used in next year’s elections.
Hackers proved this over the course of two and a half days at the Voting Village corner of the DefCon 27 security conference in August.
Hackers easily compromised every single one of the more than 100 machines to which they were given access, many with what they called “trivial attacks” that required “no sophistication or special knowledge on the part of the attacker.” They didn’t get their hands on every flavor of voting system in use in the country, but every one of the machines they compromised is currently certified for use in at least one voting jurisdiction, including direct-recording electronic (DRE) voting machines, electronic poll books, Ballot Marking Devices (BMDs), optical scanners and hybrid systems.
How Lawyers Collect and Properly Authenticate Evidence from the Web
The collection of critical web-based evidence could make or break a case, but many lawyers aren’t quite sure how to go about it. Digital Detectives‘ Sharon Nelson and John Simek get expert advice from Brett Burney on best practices for collection and authentication of online evidence. They discuss several real-world examples of major collection mistakes lawyers have made and offer suggestions for tools that can preserve and produce evidence properly.
Cybersecurity Basics for the Solo and Small Firm Lawyer
In the cybersecurity world, ransomware and business email compromise are the two most commonly seen issues. Is your law firm safe from these attacks? If you’re not sure, tune in to learn cybersecurity basics from John Simek, vice president of Sensei Enterprises. Digital Edge hosts Jim and Sharon talk to John about the ways cyber attacks happen and the essential security practices needed to protect your law firm.
Check out That One Privacy Site, John’s recommended resource for unbiased VPN comparisons.
Sensei’s Sharon Nelson and John Simek article, “Using Multi-Factor Authentication Blocks 99.9% of Account Takeover Attacks” was featured recently in Slaw Magazine. Slaw is a Canadian online legal magazine.
Excerpt: It was big news in late August when Microsoft said that users who enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) for their accounts will end up blocking 99.9% of automated attacks. This doesn’t apply just to Microsoft accounts. It applies to any other account on any website or online service.
Today, virtually all service providers support multi-factor authentication, and in most cases, there is no charge. It can be something as simple as SMS-based one-time passwords or advanced biometrics solutions.
“Based on our studies, your account is more than 99.9% less likely to be compromised if you use MFA,” said Alex Weinert, Group Program Manager for Identity Security and Protection at Microsoft.
Life is crazy and finding the time to attend a CLE in person or sign up for a scheduled webinar can be difficult. Luckily, Sensei’s speakers have on-demand CLEs available! The on-demand CLEs cover a variety of topics from disaster recovery to cybersecurity training for employees.
Check them out here: https://senseient.com/seminars/on-demand-cles/
“VLF Presents $538K in Grants in 2019” by Sensei’s Sharon Nelson was featured in Virginia Lawyers Weekly.
Excerpt: The Virginia Law Foundation presented grants totaling more than a half million dollars at its 2019 Grant Recipient Luncheon in Richmond Aug. 19.
The VLF, a philanthropic charity established in 1974 as an independent 501 (c)(3) organization, has provided more than $26 million in grants over the last 30 years to support projects throughout the commonwealth. VLW President Andy Morse presided over the luncheon, which included the presentation of $538,00 in grants. These grants supported the VLW mission, which is to promote, through philanthropy, the Rule of Law, access to justice and law-related education.
About the Virginia Law Foundation: Virginia Law Foundation grants are available to support law-related projects throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Our goal is to be a catalyst for original research, creative thinking, and well-crafted initiatives that provide improved access to justice for the underserved, enhance understanding of the importance of the Rule of Law in society, or support law-related education as an additional way to realize these goals.
Recently, Sensei’s Sharon Nelson was quoted in the weekly trend reports of the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialist’s (ACEDS) E-Discovery Voice Blog.
Excerpt: Cyber insurance coverage – Sharon Nelson of Sensei Enterprises noted that Lloyd’s of London has called for insurance policies to be explicit about cyber coverage. In Market Bulletin Ref. Y5258, Llyod’s stated that “Lloyd’s view is that it is in the best interests of customers, brokers and syndicates for all policies to be clear on whether coverage is provided for losses caused by a cyber event. This clarity should be provided by either excluding coverage or by providing affirmative coverage in the (re)insurance policy.” (Emphasis in original.)
Sensei is very excited for our Vice President, John Simek, who is now a member of Fairfax CASA’s Board of Directors! He was appointed on July 1, 2019 and will serve a term of 1 year. John had previously served five years as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children.
About Fairfax CASA: The mission of Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (Fairfax CASA) is to advocate for the best interests of each abused and neglected child referred by the Fairfax County Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court through the promotion and support of quality volunteer representation.
We seek to ensure that each child’s needs are identified and addressed with the goal of living in a safe and permanent home. As permitted by our legislative charter, we also provide assistance to youths entering adulthood who have been referred to the CASA program by the Court, up to the age of 21.
“Social Media Missteps Can Be Your Client’s Downfall: Perils of Oversharing” by Sensei’s Sharon Nelson, John Simek and Michael Maschke was featured in the July 2019 edition of the Oregon State Bar Bulletin.
Excerpt: Lawyers know from personal experience how consuming technology can be. And they know how easy it is to overshare on social media, click on something they didn’t mean to, or say something foolish after having too many libations. Your clients are no different in their reliance on technology but they are going through one of the most emotional and stressful periods of their lives.
This is where the missteps come in. Clients’ technology, especially their usage of social media and text messaging, tend to become part of the divorce and discovery process. Throw into the mix a soon-to-be ex-spouse, a hotly-contested divorce, custody battles and maybe the involvement of third party lovers and you have the ingredients for an explosion that you will not want to sort out before a judge.
Happily, there is advice that you can give your clients at the onset of the engagement to help them protect themselves. Think of it as a “Do Not Do List.”