Professor Ball Educates

Law Technology Daily Digest

Vol. 18, No. 449

Craig Ball is one of my favorite eDiscovery bloggers and his post today is fantastic. Sit down in your assigned seat, look up at the board and listen patiently as Professor Ball educates you “about cryptographic hash functions and their usefulness as tools to digitally fingerprint files in support of identification, authentication, exclusion and deduplication.” Class is in session at Ball in your court: Cryptographic Hashing: A Deeper Dive

Better then nothing

Law Technology Daily Digest

Vol. 18, No. 452

We’ll quickly get to the bottom line of today’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month post: while “not all MFA options are equally secure but that, generally, they are all a safer option than using just a password.” Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the better. Which MFA option is right for you? To find out, read More at HELPNETSECURITY: Microsoft: Any form of MFA takes users out of reach of most attacks

Not fluff

Law Technology Daily Digest

Vol. 18, No. 452

Most of the innovation articles that show up in my PinHawk news feeds are fluff and puff. This one is a bit different. It talks about common innovation derailers (Unconscious neglect, Overprotectiveness, Overconfidence, Overexertion, Devaluation) and how to mitigate them. Be sure to read more at Harvard Business Review: 5 Things Leaders Do That Stifle Innovation

Stretched to the breaking point

Law Technology Daily Digest

Vol. 18, No. 452

The professional staff in law firms are under as much stress as the lawyers, maybe more. It seems that many of the professional staff feel they are treated lesser and that lawyers don’t understand their jobs or their stress. And while there has been an emphasis lately on lawyer mental health, professional staff have been ignored. The comments in the podcast are frank and stark. It seems that at many firm the “nonlawyers” are separate and vastly unequal. Listen to more at Law.com: Stressed Out, Left Out: Law Firm Staff Suffering in Silence

Brainstorming Solutions to our Competitive Intelligence Pain Points

Librarian News Digest

Vol. 7, No. 457

Sharing the Pain

Competitive intelligence comes with its own world of challenges. Though they know it all to well, high quality CI work product requires a special breed of information professional. As Delia Montesinos writes, “Competitive Intelligence is my daily bread and as much as I love it, it can drive me to the most bitter of tears. There are so many pain points!” As Senior Competitive Intelligence Analyst at Ropes and Gray, she is an expert in both the practice and its tribulations. Pick up some of what Delia has learned from her peers and get her own professional insights in: Brainstorming Solutions to our Competitive Intelligence Pain Points.

It’s complicated

Law Technology Daily Digest

Vol. 18, No. 451

Most firms don’t see alternative legal service providers (ALSPs) as a big threat, but maybe a small or medium threat. Some big firms have created their own ASLPs. Some law firms refer business to ASLPs. Yeah. It’s complicated. You need to read more at Legaltech news: The Law Firm and ALSP Relationship Status: It’s Complicated

7 Bulletproof Steps

Law Technology Daily Digest

Vol. 18, No. 451

I’m dealing with a doozy of a technical issue right now. We have a piece of upgraded software behaving badly in our Azure farm. There are many variables to deal with and solving the problem has eluded us and others. If I go through Charles Conn and Rob McLean’s approach to Bulletproof Problem Solving, I start with “Define the Problem.” I got that down. Step two is to “Disaggregate the Issues.” I think maybe we can do better breaking our problem into basic issues. For the rest of the steps you need to read more at LEADING blog: 7 Steps to Bulletproof Problem Solving

A scary/sad post

Law Technology Daily Digest

Vol. 18, No. 451

To promote National Cybersecurity Awareness Month today we’ll talk IoTs. The Internet of Things is like the Force. For all the good it can do and well-meaning intentions, it can be made evil and have unintended consequences. Two months ago CyberITL “completed a large-scale survey of software security practices in the IoT environment.” The results will either scare you or make you sad. “On average, updates were more likely to remove hardening features than add them. Within our 15 year data set, there have been no positive trends from any one vendor. MIPS is both the most common CPU architecture and least hardened on average.” Read more at Schneier on Security: Measuring the Security of IoT Devices

Everything at once?

Law Technology Daily Digest

Vol. 18, No. 450

Today’s post for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is all about focus. There is so much you can do in the cybersecurity arena, it can be overwhelming. I love this quote from Mark Orlando, “Trying to do everything at once is a good way to do a lot of things poorly.” Be sure to read more at HELPNETSECURITY: Good cybersecurity comes from focusing on the right things, but what are they?

Surveys by Bob

Law Technology Daily Digest

Vol. 18, No. 450

The surveys in questions aren’t Bob Ambrogi’s but instead ILTA’s Annual Technology Survey (the Executive Summary at least) and the ABA’s Legal Technology Survey Report. Get a sneak preview of both reports by reading more at:
LawSites: ILTA 2019 Tech Survey Shows AI Adoption Slow, But Cloud Move Quickening
Law Technology Today: TECHREPORT 2019: Cloud Computing

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