Ari Kaplan, Reinventing Professional Services
I spoke with Eric Hunter, the Director of Knowledge, Innovation & Technology Strategies at California-based Bradford & Barthel, as well as the Executive Director of Spherical Models, a business model innovation consultancy.
We discussed his firm’s transformation to a completely Google Apps environment and his team’s efforts to create a social media-like atmosphere the leveraged internal champions to motivate this shift by 100 lawyers and over 250 users. He recommends developing a clear workflow and to give users time to adapt. Hunter also discussed how his success at Bradford & Barthel fueled the creation of Spherical Models. (listen to the interview)
Tomer Teller, Forbes
The door is closing on 2012, and it’s time to look ahead to next year. As you round out your 2013 business and IT plans, cybercriminals are resolving to implement increasingly sophisticated threats targeting specific computer systems and organizations big and small.
In the past year, businesses have seen several serious hacks and breaches. As the arms race between attackers and businesses continues to evolve in 2013, IT departments and security professionals will need to stay on top of the changing tactics and approaches used by criminal hackers in order to protect their organizations. What are nefarious hackers’ top resolutions and the greatest security threats to businesses in 2013? (read the article)
Legal IT Professionals publishes results of Global Legal IT Cloud survey
Legal IT Professionals
The tide has turned and the cloud is here – A free report by Legal IT Professionals
Cloud computing is a hot topic. We at Legal IT Professionals brush away the hype and take a look beyond marketing, to find out what the global legal services sector really think and what their plans are for 2013 and beyond. In September 2012, we asked our international readership to complete a short survey. Our free report ‘The tide has turned and the cloud is here’ summarises the results. (read the post)
John Cowling, Daniel Nelson, InsideCounsel
In part one of this series, we discussed the issues of security, interoperability and vendor lock-in issues in cloud computing contracts. In this installment, we will discuss the five issues of regulatory compliance, reliability, complexity, privacy and pricing.
1. Regulatory compliance
Compliance touches on many issues, depending on the industry and requirements of the customer. Compliance is an issue that, along with security and privacy, often inhibits the adoption of cloud computing. In many cases, however, these issues can be addressed with a combination of contract provisions, careful vetting of vendors, the adoption of granular security procedures and, to some extent, insurance protections. (read the article)
What you toss may be more important than what you keep.
Heather Hubbard, CorporateCounsel
You have a retention policy. You train your employees on the policy. You have annual audits. You can rest easy, right? Not necessarily, if your data retention policy is not squared with your IT department’s data management system.
How could this be? You included your IT team in planning the retention policy, thinking that you were taking an interdisciplinary approach. If, however, you were speaking a different language, you may not be on the same page. Your IT department is concerned about storage, security, speed, and server space (that is, data management). You may also have a records management team concerned about storage, organization, and the ability to access information quickly (information management). (read the article)
Catherine Dunn, CorporateCounsel
A recent study by the Future of Privacy Forum found that developers of top-selling mobile apps were increasingly using privacy policies to cover how they use customer data. Now, the Federal Trade Commission is out with new guidance on what such policies should make clear to smartphone and tablet consumers. (read the article)
‘Bring Your Own Device’ to Work Carries Data Security Risks
Employers should consider stricter policies on use of employee’s personal electronics for work-related activities.
David J. Walton, Law Technology News
Now, with the “consumerization” of the electronics industry, this world has completely pivoted. This development is known as BYOD — “bring your own device” — to work. Employees, as consumers, have access to the best devices — iPad, iPhones, Android phones, Android tablets, Ultrabooks, and all the apps that come with these devices. They want to use these devices for work, especially employees who travel a lot. They don’t want to use the clunky laptops their employers still have. They don’t want to carry around one phone for personal use and a different one for work. They don’t want to use a BlackBerry, which most employers purchased. And they want to use tablets, which many employers haven’t yet bought. (read the post)
Evan Koblentz, Law Technology News
Legal professionals seeking a low-cost alternative to the Apple iPad tablet computer have a new option in the Google Nexus 7. The devices are due to ship in mid-July with a price of $199, Google announced Wednesday. The price is on par with the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet, but significantly lower than the least expensive iPad. (read the post)
10 Must-have Apps for the General Counsel
Aarti Maharaj, Corporate Secretary Newsletter
1. MyScriptMemo: Takes your handwriting (even if it is pretty sloppy) and converts it into text with around 95 percent reliability. Certainly the best there is in this genre.
2. Notability: Note taking with great and simple layout. It also takes voice notes for you to review later. (read the post)
Rees Morrison, Law Department Management
A former general counsel, John DeGroote, has created Resolution Tree. An online service, it allows law departments to prepare litigation trees as needed for a fixed cost. An ad in Alternatives, March 2012 at 80, brought this to my attention. (read the post)