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Moving the Spotlight to Client Service Delivery

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COVID-19 has proven to be a real test of firms’ agility and ability to stay operational during this unprecedented lockdown. Thus far, for many firms, the focus has been on business continuity and internal re-organisation – ensuring employees have the tools they need to work from home, access to business information and such.

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New IT project? Here are Six Questions to Ask Your Project Manager

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IT projects are often fraught with challenges, both technological/infrastructural and cultural. While the former is eventually resolved, it’s the latter type of challenge that has more far reaching implications. An IT project – regardless of how ‘game-changing’ for the business it promises to be on paper – without user adoption, it’s naught!

Here are six questions to ask your Project Manager, before embarking on an IT project:

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Are Leased Vehicles Part of Your Firm’s IT Risk Assessment Programme?

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Mobile-based apps, telematics and the Internet of Things, among others, are all technological advancements that have delivered great convenience to us as consumers. The in-car information systems serve as excellent tools for communication, vehicle tracking, maintenance and servicing. For the individuals, the connectivity they offer make them exceptional entertainment, mobility and physical security instruments. But like with all technologies, in the wrong hands, these tools have a dark side. Increasingly, these technologies are being mis-used by threat actors and so posing a significant risk to individual and organisations’ data privacy.

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Cyber Security Help is at Hand!

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The Ascertus Security Thought Leadership Series
Cyber Security Help is at Hand!

In this Ascertus blog series, several cyber security issues have been addressed including insider threat, ransomware, phishing and supply chain risk. Clearly, there’s a human impact emanating from cybercrime, which has been well-articulated in this series too.  

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Trends That Are Shaping the Future Requirements of Law Firms

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Technological advancements have made a profound impact in all aspect of our lives. And as a result, many businesses are pushing forward with their digital agendas.

Digitisation has made its way into the legal system, too. The UK government published its policy paper in 2017, setting out how to develop a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone. For both the government and law firms, this change is mostly driven by client pressure, according to The Law Society.

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Why it Pays to Be Pessimistic About Data Security

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Generally, pessimism is not something I’d encourage. In many of life’s challenges, optimism can make it easier to cope and influence the outcome for the better. And, let’s face it, no one likes the person who, in every meeting, brings the mood down with a healthy serving of negativity.

Ben Mitchell, VP Global Commercial Operations at DocsCorp, advocates for a ‘glass half empty’ approach to data security and protection.

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Human Psychology for Cybersecurity Similar to their Approach to Health

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We all know the importance of good personal health, right? For instance, weight loss reduces the risk of heart disease, blood pressure and diabetes, and can extend an individual’s lifespan. But we still eat burgers and fatty foods – perhaps until something drastic happens to our health, which is when we act. Similarly, smoking significantly increases the risk of lung cancer and a variety of pulmonary diseases, but that doesn’t stop us from partaking in this activity. Our rationale? If we were to acknowledge every single negative or risk, life wouldn’t be worth living. Perhaps! Also, we don’t see the value of pre-empting such health scares – the benefits of good health are intangible – until ill health strikes.

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Supply Chain Risk Comes from Software and Physical Service Providers

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The Ascertus Security Thought Leadership Series
Supply Chain Risk Comes from Software and Physical Service Providers

Supplier risk is a growing concern today and organisations need to look at third party risk more comprehensively. Regardless of in which organisation the breach occurs, the reputational damage is borne by the firm that holds the data. Ticket Master is a case in point. The breach was caused by malware that infected a customer support system managed by Ticketmaster’s partner Inbenta Technologies, on the company’s behalf.

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Phishing & Ransomware - Here’s What Law Firms Should be Thinking About

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The Ascertus Security Thought Leadership Series
Phishing and Ransomware are Linked – Here’s What Law Firms Should be Thinking About

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Minimise Internal Accidental Risk with Security Awareness & Training

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The Ascertus Security Thought Leadership Series
Security Awareness and Training on ‘Accidental’ Risks Key to Minimising Insider Threat 

Insider threat is growing, especially as law firms increasingly adopt newer digital technologies to conduct business. According to the Ponemon Institute, two out of three insider threat incidents occur by accident.

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