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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 |2019-02-19T18:03:15-06:00February 20th, 2019|Cyber & Law Tech|0 Comments

ALPS In Brief Podcast — Episode 29: Falling in Love with the Cloud

On this special Valentine’s Day episode of ALPS In Brief, Mark sits down with Joshua Lenon, lawyer in residence and data protection officer for Clio, to hear firsthand how cloud products can make your law practice more secure and efficient. Fall in love with new features of law practice management and growth software that will [...]

Lawyer Advertising, Ethics, and Geo-fencing

In the good old days, plaintiff lawyers hoping to find a few new clients would place ads on billboards located near hospitals. From an ethical perspective, as long as these lawyers followed through with their obligations set forth in the advertising rules of their respective jurisdiction’s Rules of Professional Conduct (RPCs), it was all good. [...]

Data Security and All the Other Lawyers

During a presentation at the ABA’s 44th National Conference of Professional Responsibility last year, a CLE panelist threw out the following. Given that a lawyer has an ethical duty to verify that any vendor a firm works with has in place appropriate safeguards to keep the lawyer’s data secure, why wouldn’t the same duty arise [...]

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 |2018-11-26T12:59:59-06:00November 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 |2018-11-26T12:20:00-06:00September 4th, 2018|Cyber & Law Tech|0 Comments