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Vishing – An Old Scam with a New Twist

Criminals have been using phones to try to scam people out of money or into disclosing personal information for years and they have tended to find success with victims who were not very tech-savvy. Unfortunately, change is afoot. Today, the practice of making phone calls or leaving voice messages purporting to be from a legitimate [...]

By |2018-11-26T12:59:59+00:00November 27th, 2018|Cyber & Law Tech|0 Comments

Why Would A Small Law Firm Be An Attractive Target For A Cyber Criminal?

Regardless of size, any and every law firm is an attractive target for a cyber criminal.  Think about it.  Law firms serve clients of all shapes and sizes in every sector of our economy and thus a significant amount of the data residing on law firm networks, backup drives, laptops, PCs, and mobile devices is [...]

Cyber Security Month Round Up

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  To get you on the right track, we've pulled together our favorite cyber-related podcasts from the past year. First, a conversation with Libby Benet, U.S. Lead for Beazley Product Solutions (this was also our very first podcast episode, btw). Libby talks with Mark about the latest trends in cybercrime, [...]

Top 5 Law Firm Cyber Security Quick Tips

When I first joined ALPS over 20 years ago, most of my risk management efforts were focused on proper file documentation, calendaring best practices and the like. Things are different today. Now a significant amount of my risk management efforts are focused on trying to help lawyers become as cyber secure as possible. One common [...]

Rethinking Your Backup Strategy in Light of Ransomware Threats

In working with over 1,200 law firms through the years, I have observed that few lawyers really seem to know what’s actually going on with the backup process. Earlier in my career, I was generally fine with that reality; but times have changed. The backup process is now a security process that needs to take [...]

By |2018-11-26T12:20:00+00:00September 4th, 2018|Cyber & Law Tech|0 Comments

Why You Must Immediately Report a Cyber Claim.

It seems that every week, the news reports on yet another company that suffered a cyber breach.  Law firms, even small firms, are not immune from cyber-attacks.  As you know, your ALPS legal malpractice insurance comes with a separate Cyber policy attached unless you opted out of this coverage.  However, as this is a new [...]

ALPS In Brief Podcast – Episode 20: Can We Still Trust Photographic Evidence?

We may have reached, “a fairly critical point where traditional photographic evidence just isn't as reliable as it used to be.” This according to our most recent podcast guest, Joe Kashi. In addition to being a trial attorney in Alaska, Joe has worked in automation technology and is himself a serious photographer. Recently Joe taught [...]

Public Wi-Fi – Should Lawyers Just Say No?

Public Wi-Fi networks are practically ubiquitous. They’re in airports, hotels, office buildings, coffee shops, restaurants, malls and many other locations. While accessing one can be convenient when all you want to do is buy a new digital book on your smartphone, check your e-mail on your laptop, or rebook a flight on your tablet, there [...]

Two Factor Authentication Isn’t the Panacea Many Think It Is

Let me be very clear, two factor authentication (2FA) is an essential security tool that everyone should be taking advantage of when and wherever they can. That said, I have a confession to make. In short, I have been using 2FA with a number of accounts for quite some time with the mistaken belief that [...]

The Top 5 Wire Fraud Prevention Tips

1) Fraudsters use spoofed email so learn to spot it. Although there are a number of ways to spoof email, it can be as simple as this. The email address of Lawfirm@aol.com is changed to Lawfirm@aoi.com or Mark.Bassingthwaighte@RECompany.net is changed to Mark.Bassingthwaite@RECompany.net. 2) Security basics are a must. Avoid the use of free web-based email. Always delete [...]