Mark Bassingthwaighte

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About Mark Bassingthwaighte, Risk Manager

Since 1998, Mark Bassingthwaighte, Esq. has been a Risk Manager with ALPS, an attorney’s professional liability insurance carrier. In his tenure with the company, Mr. Bassingthwaighte has conducted over 1200 law firm risk management assessment visits, presented over 400 continuing legal education seminars throughout the United States, and written extensively on risk management, ethics, and technology. Mr. Bassingthwaighte is a member of the State Bar of Montana as well as the American Bar Association where he currently sits on the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility’s Conference Planning Committee. He received his J.D. from Drake University Law School.

When Passwords Fail – A Personal Story

Sometimes married couples see things differently and the only way to resolve the tension is by finally deciding to agree to disagree. That’s how things played out in our home for a number of years on the issue of passwords. My wife viewed my focus on computer security and passwords as something approaching mild paranoia. [...]

Why You Want To Have Cyber Liability Insurance

An attorney’s decision to use a computer tablet, a cloud based service such as Dropbox, a smart phone, a Wi-Fi network, or even basic email in the furtherance of delivering legal services is not in and of itself unethical nor a poor business decision. The real concern is with what the attorneys who use such [...]

The Basics of Buying Malpractice Insurance

I have yet to read an insurance policy that I would consider a great read. So let’s admit it, insurance policies are rather boring. I suspect few of you have ever really taken the time to read completely through your homeowners or auto policy. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with this as long as your various [...]

Task Batching: How to Manage Hundreds of Emails Every Day

I could hear it in his voice — the frustration over trying to figure out how to deal with a never-ending flow of email was palpable. Unfortunately, before I could share a few thoughts, the elevator door opened and I had to walk away. If only I could have had a little more time. That’s [...]

ALPS In Brief – Episode 33: Responding to Violent Threats in the Workplace

Active shootings can happen anywhere, even in law firms. What can attorneys and their staff do to prepare and protect each other in these kinds of scenarios? Mark sits down with active-shooter response expert, retired U.S. army sniper, and Montana-licensed attorney Alain Burrese to discuss law firm safety tactics and active shooter protocol. Transcript:   [...]

How to Create a Data Security Plan

The belief that a computer or network breach is a 'when,' not an 'if' is practically dogma now. Given this reality, every law practice, regardless of size, should have a data security plan in place. Yes, I recognize this task can seem daunting — particularly if you have no idea where to start — but [...]

Malpractice Insurance Basics: Part 1

Malpractice Insurance Claims made vs. Occurrence-based Coverage Before digging into the basics of legal malpractice insurance, I’m going to share a little insurance history in order to set the stage.  Prior to the 1970’s, legal malpractice policies were occurrence-based, which meant that if a malpractice policy was in force during the time the alleged malpractice [...]

Cyber Crime: Why Your Ignorance is Their Power

Few law firms seem to fully appreciate the level of risk that attorneys and staff truly represent. Of course, the ultimate goal is to avoid having to deal with a cyber breach at all because, as stated above, actions that seek to prevent a breach are going to be easier and less stressful than any [...]

Beware of Personalized Email and Phone Scams

As the general population becomes ever more skilled at spotting and avoiding the various email and phone scams cybercriminals perpetrate, scammers can only respond by upping their game. Whenever they do, the rest of us need to come up to speed on how scams are changing so we all can continue to successfully spot and [...]

Juice Jacking, What in the World???

As with any cyber threat, prevention starts with awareness of the risk. As a road warrior, I see people taking a particular and absolutely unnecessary risk far too often. This risk has to do with the one item so many apparently can’t function without — the venerable smartphone. Here’s the problem. The cable we all [...]

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