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Cybersecurity: Most hackers can access systems and steal valuable data within 24 hours says Nuix Black Report
More than three-quarters (88%) of hackers can break through cybersecurity defences and into the systems they target within 12 hours, while 81% say they can identify and take valuable data within another 12 hours, even though the breach may not be discovered for hundreds of days, according to research by global technology company Nuix. The Nuix Black Report, the results of a confidential survey of 70 professional hackers and penetration testers at DEFCON, the world’s largest hacking and security conference, will overturn many conventional understandings and sacred cows of the cybersecurity industry.
Top stories include: CLOC to open Euro chapter – big news for inhouse legal teams & their tech vendors + Peppermint has a bout of growing pains + the Insider launches legal tech startup initiative – who’s hot & who’s not?
In an extraordinary bid to ensure that school children are better educated than parents who “read newspaper headlines describing judges as ‘enemies of the people’”, from today every secondary school in the UK will have access to online classroom resources about the UK’s judges in an initiative led by the Citizenship Foundation supported by the Bar Council.
Backed by recent cyberattack stats and figures, Daryl Flack, CIO and co-founder of Blockphish says that law firms need to be not only training their staff but empowering them to take responsibility for detecting potential attacks.
Andrew Joint, commercial technology partner at Kemp Little, outlines the EU Parliament’s current discussions on giving robots special legal status, the highly complex issue of liability as AI becomes more autonomous, and how genuine legal discussion is not helped by science fiction.
Winter Scott requires a smooth, responsive and efficient running IT infrastructure so its staff members can successfully conduct international business. Unfortunately this was not the case since the practice had migrated of all its IT hardware and software into a public cloud facility.
The late comedian Bill Hicks accused marketing of being ‘the ruiner of all things good’. In fact, he went much further but we’ll leave the reference at that. Suffice it to say that there are some out there, whose views on ‘innovation in legal services’ have not been too dissimilar.
Ediscovery trends in 2017: everything from artificial intelligence to mobile data centres say Kroll Ontrack
Kroll Ontrack predicts a year of change in 2017 as organisations prepare for the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the accelerated adoption of artificial intelligence. The ediscovery industry will continue reshaping itself to meet these requirements in 2017, building on the huge international consolidation seen in the previous two years.
Our friends Jo & Jo at InsideLegal have just published their annual preview of the New York LegalTech show (our own Caroline Hill will be reporting from there as soon as she lands) and have produced another “word cloud” highlighting the key topics on the event’s agenda. Yes, once again, it’s ediscovery all the way…
It starts with document management. Conversations about AI tend to have a sci-fi vibe: robot personal assistants, self-driving cars, you name it. But the real, day-to-day business value of AI is much less futuristic, starting with the hundreds and thousands of contracts that keep business deals up and running every day.
Welcome to the latest issue of the Legal IT Insider newsletter – January 2017 #299 – our top stories include Herbert Smith Freehills go social media with Yammer + Cybersecurity – 80% of law firm disaster recovery now stems from hacks + iManage release Work 10 – the best thing it has done in 15 years + Robots to get civil rights + how not to handle the departure of your CEO
Wait… a UK government minister goes all the way to Tel Aviv to praise the Israeli legal tech startup scene?
Earlier this week the UK Minister of State for Digital & Culture Matt Hancock, said Israel was ripe for creating disruption in the global law profession at an inaugural legal tech event held in Tel Aviv. Well good news for LawGeex but hello minister, shouldn’t you be promoting the UK legal tech startup scene?
2016 has been something of a coming of age story for legal technology. The slightly irritating teenager that hung around waiting for an invite to the party has got rid of their spots and is starting to feel pretty damn cool. And hey, guess what, not only are they being invited to parties, but they are having to turn some down.
The past year has been a great number of things – frothy, over-excited, and a period when everything, but everything was labelled AI – but beneath the hyperbole, leading law firms have been making meaningful and in some cases systemic changes that are here to stay.
As King & Wood Mallesons’ pioneering global verein unravels, leading legal IT consultant Neil Cameron puts the verein structure under a microscope. He outlines what a verein is, who first used it (the accountants – but not any more) and its benefits, before casting a more critical eye over the issue of liability sharing and conflicts of interest, and inevitably the KWM lesson. Clients need cohesion and Cameron concludes that it is becoming apparent that the verein structure is not sufficient to ‘cement’ firms with different cultures and motivations, or encourage discrete law firms to ‘semi-merge.’ Unless vereins make key changes they are, he says, “doomed to failure.”
Grab a coffee – this is not a two-minute skim – but if you read nothing else on vereins this year, read this.
Moving from a long-established, traditional work culture, in which staff are employed for a fixed number of hours in a workplace that might be the same building for years or decades, to a mobile paradigm of employment, might appear daunting. The reality is different for the adaptable and prepared.