Pressured by their organisations to ‘do more with less’, in-house legal departments are demanding more efficiency from law firms; and given the access to and the use of technology in business today, there really isn’t any excuse for inefficiency. However, despite the extensive use of technology in law firms, many who are involved in legal […]

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The challenge of cyber security is laid bare when RSA, one of the world’s preeminent security firms providing solutions to address cyber threats, is unable to prevent a social engineering attack on itself.  This of course happened in 2011, but given the frequency with which companies are breached today, no enterprise can be a 100% […]

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The biggest challenges faced by legal departments according to corporate counsel are improving operational efficiency, ensuring regulatory compliance, alleviating budget pressure, delivering despite a staff shortage and making better use of technology.  So, in a nutshell, doing ‘more with less’ is an overriding objective.  Often, corporate counsel often has a gut feeling that everyone in […]

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“It will always be about protecting data” The Past: In the past, Information Security frameworks were inwardly focused organisationally, predominantly consisting of policy, standards and procedures that the organisation adhered to. The majority of data and information was stored in-house within the business technology perimeter. Data and information assets existed in both electronic and physical […]

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Recently, three Chinese citizens were charged in the U.S. courts after it was found that they hacked U.S. law firms and then used the stolen information for insider-trading that netted them $4 million dollars. This is a prime example of “clever” hackers earning money on the financial market, but not by hacking a bank. It […]

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Towards the end of last year, Security Alliance published a report entitled: The Cyber Threat Landscape for Law Firms. The overall assessment of the report is that the current cyber resilience of the legal sector does not match the severity of the threat, and further incidents similar to the magnitude of Mossack Fonseca breach will […]

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Recently, I was commissioned by an organisation of significant size and in a high-risk industry to demonstrate to the Board the vulnerability of its employees to criminal hackers using non-technical means. Using Open Source Intelligence to gather information on a selection of the most senior individuals in the organisation, I was able to reveal how […]

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Although e-billing is playing a role in the commercial relationship between a growing number of UK/European in-house legal departments and their law firms, there are still many organisations that aren’t yet reaping the benefits of e-billing. It’s often said that numerous non-US organisations don’t “get” the value of e-billing. I believe, it’s not that they […]

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Whilst content in our 9 – 5 employment, slightly resentful that our personal activities aren’t getting the attention they deserve, it’s easy to forget about the true value of things around us – especially their inherent value to other walks of life.  Similar to a life of slavery in ‘The Matrix’ we start to just […]

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The benefits of e-billing to corporate legal departments is relatively well understood today, but there is still some convincing required among law firms of its advantages. Typically, the deployment of e-billing in law firms is driven by corporate clients and so the underlying sentiment of “what’s in it for me?” is often palpable. The reality […]

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