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ALPS In Brief – Episode 38: Empower Your Employees to Make Smart Security Decisions

As an organization or law firm of any size looking to build a cybersecurity plan, your first step should be training your staff — making everyone aware of cybersecurity threats and how to spot them. Mark Bassingthwaighte sits down with Erich Kron of KnowBe4: Security Awareness Training to talk cyber risks threatening your firm and [...]

By |2019-10-14T16:21:06-07:00October 10th, 2019|ALPS In Brief Podcast, Cyber & Law Tech|0 Comments

How to Avoid Getting Hoodwinked by Phony Help Desk Contact Information

I have two points to make with this short post and I’m going to start with the one that’s easier to swallow: fake help desks. Here’s the long and short of it. Scammers are buying online ads to push phony technical or customer support help desk phone numbers to the top of search engine results. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

By |2019-05-01T09:16:40-07:00April 30th, 2019|Cyber & Law Tech|0 Comments

ALPS In Brief — Episode 30: Solo and Small Firms Should Make the Leap to Cybersecurity. It Matters.

Do you assume you don’t need to worry about being the target of a cyber attack because your business is too small? Often times, solo and small firms are seen as low-hanging fruit and are specifically targeted by hackers looking to gain valuable information. Solo attorney Suzan Herskowitz offers advice and insight into how she [...]

A Warning About Padlocks and “https:” in a Website Address

I’ve never come across a survey that confirms what I’m about to say; but I suspect the vast majority of people who see a padlock and “https:” in a website address believe the website they are currently visiting is trustworthy and safe. Afterall, it seems to reason that the “s” stands for “secure,” particularly given [...]

By |2019-02-19T18:03:15-07:00February 20th, 2019|Cyber & Law Tech|0 Comments