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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 |2018-09-04T16:55:40+00:00September 4th, 2018|Cyber, Law Tech|0 Comments

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 [...]

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+00:00April 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 [...]