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The Phishing is Better than Ever

Remember the good old days when it was pretty easy to recognize a phishing attack? Who couldn’t determine that an email asking for verification of one’s banking credentials was a fake after seeing that it was from the wrong bank? Those are so 2017. It’s different now. The phishers have upped their game and we [...]

By | 2018-04-18T10:59:01+00:00 April 18th, 2018|Law Tech|0 Comments

ALPS In Brief Podcast – Episode 11: Where Legal Tech is Heading

If you are not already aware, ALPS proudly partners with Clio, the easy-to-use cloud-based law practice management software company with over 150,000 subscribing lawyers.  ALPS policyholders enjoy a 10% lifetime discount on their Clio subscription. We are also lucky to work with Clio to better understand where legal tech is heading and how we can [...]

File Storage and a Hidden Conflict Trap

Some will find it difficult to swallow; but there may be potential conflict traps hiding somewhere on your network, particularly if you practice at a firm that keeps a digital copy of everything everyone does at the firm. Consider the following hypothetical. Six months ago, one of the partners at a small firm decided to [...]

To Text or Not to Text. That is the Question

At times it’s hard to believe. Not only have all of our kids reached adulthood, but every one of them is financially independent. Trust me, I checked that “raise the kids” item off my life’s “to do” list with a tear in my eye! Now, although they are all living on their own, this doesn’t [...]

ALPS In Brief Podcast – Episode 8: Cyber Coverage 2.0

 There are two types of businesses - those that have been hacked and those that don't know they've been hacked. This may sound like hyperbole, but it's fairly accurate and many of those businesses are law firms. So you may ask yourself, how do I protect my law firm from a hack? Mark sits [...]

Managing the Password Headache

I have given a number of presentations on the general topic of cybersecurity that always include a discussion of password best practices. You know the spiel. Passwords are to be long and difficult to guess, different for every account or device, never reused, etc. Obviously, this can be a challenge. In fact, I’ll share, between [...]

Does Your Law Firm Need Cyber Coverage?

The short answer is yes.  The common thought most law firms have is, “I’m too small a fish to worry about being hacked . . . there are bigger fish to fry.”  The truth of the matter is size doesn’t matter.  Large fish might garner the specific attention of the hacking industry (yes, it is [...]

By | 2017-11-20T11:17:20+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Law Tech, Managing Your Practice|0 Comments

ALPS In Brief Podcast-Episode 1: A Cyber Breach – It’s Not If, It’s When.

ALPS In Brief, The ALPS Risk Management Podcast, is hosted by ALPS Risk Manager, Mark Bassingthwaighte. While in Missoula, Libby Benet, U.S. Lead for Beazley Product Solutions took the time to sit down with Mark to talk about the latest trends in cybercrime, including the rise of industrialized ransomware, and how prevention paired with protection [...]

Yes, I Know It’s a Pain. Do It Anyway

Last fall, I had one of those days. You know, a day where things just don’t go as planned. The day started out with a training session on ransomware. Unfortunately, as such programs are apt to do, it made me start to think that selling everything I have, disconnecting from the wired world, and moving [...]

By | 2017-11-17T11:47:36+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Law Tech|0 Comments

Data Security – It’s Time to Stop Making Excuses

The days when a lawyer could send an unencrypted email without worry, remain blissfully ignorant about encrypting a laptop, or use the same easily remembered password for all accounts and devices are over. I believe most lawyers know this, at least at a gut level; but far too many still seem to be confused about [...]

By | 2017-08-18T13:58:49+00:00 August 18th, 2017|Law Tech|0 Comments