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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

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 seemed to view my focus on computer security and passwords as something approaching [...]

By | 2017-07-24T15:21:40+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Law Tech|0 Comments

Presenting Electronically In Trial – Five Things To Think About

Last week I watched a trial.  Usually, I do this from the “hotseat,” running the electronic trial technology and presenting exhibits.  This time, I was there to be sure that the wireless network in the court room did not go down during trial.  [Lessons confirmed:  1 - Do not rely on the courthouse wireless network [...]

By | 2017-10-23T11:37:57+00:00 March 13th, 2017|Law Tech, Managing Your Practice|0 Comments

How To Minimize The Risk Of Becoming A Victim Of Wire Fraud

If you aren’t already aware, attorneys are increasingly being targeted by scammers hoping to get away with wire fraud. Here’s just one example of how it can play. An attorney represents a seller in a real estate transaction. Unbeknownst to anyone involved, someone has hacked into and been monitoring the seller’s email for a period [...]

Again With The Metadata? Enough Already!

I have been writing and lecturing about metadata for years. (And in case you have forgotten, metadata is the “hidden” information about the electronic documents we create that we’re all supposed to be worried about.) I guess for some of late, I’ve run on with the topic long enough because a few have started to [...]