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4 Crucial Steps for Data Breach Containment

We're excited to share a guest blog from Karen Sprenger, COO and chief ransomware negotiator at — one of our cybersecurity and incident response partners!  Every organization, big and small, experiences security incidents, but a data breach containment plan can make a crucial difference in the extent of your exposure and losses. While it’s [...]

By |2021-03-17T10:16:54-06:00March 16th, 2021|Cyber & Law Tech|0 Comments

Why Taking Another Look at the Risk of Inadvertent Disclosure at Your Firm Might Be Worthwhile

A lawyer and non-lawyer business partner own a business.  These two have a falling out and litigation ensues. The non-lawyer business partner and other third parties have access to and are continuing to use one of the business’s shared calendars. The lawyer can therefore see when any of these folks schedule an appointment, to include [...]

How to Secure the Wi-Fi Router in Your Home

These days, most lawyers are taking appropriate steps to see that all work-related servers, computers, mobile devices, and cloud-based apps are properly secured.  Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about all their personal devices and accounts.  Admittedly, while more than a few give it the old college try, one personal device that is often overlooked [...]

By |2021-02-03T15:22:16-07:00February 3rd, 2021|Cyber & Law Tech|0 Comments

Security Assessments and Pen Tests for Law Firms

The Perfect Storm is Headed Your Way The way law firms operate has undergone a drastic change over the past year, in both the physical and digital worlds. We saw law firm employees working remotely, a heavier reliance on cloud-based technology solutions and services and firms operating on a reduced budget through the economic crisis [...]

By , and |2021-01-27T15:14:59-07:00January 28th, 2021|Cyber & Law Tech|0 Comments

We Don’t Keep Client Personal Info, So We Don’t Need Cyber Coverage, Right? Wrong!

Lawyers often share with us that, as they see it, they really don’t need a cyber liability policy.  They seem to base this conclusion on the fact that they believe they are not subject to the HIPPA regulations or their state’s breach notification laws and/or that they intentionally don’t store much in the way of [...]

If You Are Hit by Ransomware, Do You Negotiate? If So, How?

The following post was originally published on October 1 on If You Are Hit by Ransomware, Do You Negotiate? If So, How? Man, that's a good question. Why would you ever pay? Especially if you have good backups? As cybersecurity expert Bruce Schneier notes in a blog post, there are solid arguments for and against [...]

By |2021-01-12T11:39:28-07:00October 27th, 2020|Cyber & Law Tech|0 Comments

Why Failing to Provide Mandatory Security Awareness Training is a Huge Misstep

I will admit that, at times and with topics such as cyber security, I can come across as overbearing to some and as a fearmonger to others.  Speaking honestly, however, I never try to come across that way.  Cybersecurity is simply a topic I am passionate about.  Whenever I speak or write on this topic, [...]

By |2020-08-19T11:44:53-06:00August 19th, 2020|Cyber & Law Tech|0 Comments

ALPS In Brief — Episode 49: Would You Send All Your Money to a Scammer? Maybe You Just Did.

A lawyer was waiting on a fax with all the information she needed to complete a wire transfer. Fax received, money sent. What she didn’t know? Her email had been hacked. Cybercriminals had intercepted the fax and edited the wire transfer details before sending it. The money was gone. The worst part? This new cybersecurity [...]

Law Firm Caught in $312,000 Scam Can’t Hold Bank Liable

Bob Ambrogi's LawSites blog reported on May 21 that Boston law firm Sarrouf Law LLP got scammed in 2015, depositing a counterfeit check to its trust account with First Republic Bank and then instructing the bank to disperse the funds by wire transfer to banks in Cambodia and Hong Kong. It's a garden variety scam. The lawyer [...]

By |2021-01-12T12:01:41-07:00June 30th, 2020|Cyber & Law Tech, Women in Law|0 Comments

ALPS In Brief — Episode 47: Guard Your Data Like Gold and Other Practical Tips from a Hacker

We are using personal devices for work (and working from home) more than we ever have before. These are both big risk factors as cybersecurity threats have soared during the pandemic. So, how do we make security sustainable and not live life at the hackers’ mercy? ALPS Risk Manager Mark Bassingthwaighte sits down with Sherri [...]

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