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‘F’ for Solos on Cybersecurity | Responses to Ransomware | 20 Time & Tech Tips

Look to the left, look to the right. If you’re a solo/small firm, it’s a fair bet that one of your firms has been a victim of a cyber attack.

According to the 2020 ABA Tech Report, 29% of law firms have been hacked. That’s up from 26% in 2019.

Security+ and GlobalMac IT CEO Tom Lambotte explains to Digital Detectives why solo/small firm lawyers fail to protect their sensitive information. He’s developed a “lacking framework” with four main components.

Digital Detectives

Why Solo, Small, and Mid-Size Law Firms Get a Failing Grade in Cybersecurity

So what happens when there’s a data breach? A possible worst-case scenario is a hostage situation. 

On Lawyer 2 Lawyer, ransomware and cybersecurity expert Thomas J. Holt, director and professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University, explains what to do if and when your firm becomes the target of an attack.

Given no one is immune from ransomware, host Craig Williams and Holt talk about everything from prevention to responses. 

Lawyer 2 Lawyer

Ransomware Attacks & Cybersecurity

One of the “lacking framework” elements articulated by Tom Lambotte on Digital Detectives is time. Lawyers say they don’t have time to research and implement security measures.

On the Kennedy Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell have some suggestions for finding that time with their 20 tips to make the most of a lawyer’s time and technology.

Kennedy-Mighell Report

20 Tips in 20 Minutes!

Another time-saver, this one on evidence management. The platform, JusticeText, is an advanced technology tool aimed at helping public defenders manage evidence.

Devshi Mehrotra, one of the tools creators, speaks with Legal Rebels host Lyle Moran about what drove her and classmate Leslie Jones-Dove to become involved in criminal justice reform and build a direct-service tool for public defenders.

Mehrotra shares how she and her partner overcame initial failures by collaborating with public defenders in the field to identify a pain point and develop a solution.

ABA Journal: Legal Rebels

A new evidence management tool aims to help public defenders process video and audio

Shifting from the indigent and public defenders…

Above the Law’s Thinking Like a Lawyer covers the ensuing salary wars to attract the best and brightest associates.

The most recent base salaries top $205,000.

Hosts Kathryn Rubino and Joe Patrice discuss the firms scrambling to match the latest salary increases.

Above the Law - Thinking Like a Lawyer

Associate Pay Jumps To $205K

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Molly McDonough, a longtime legal affairs journalist, is a producer for the current events show "Legal Talk Today." She also is a media and content strategist with McDonough Media LLC. McDonough previously served as editor and publisher of the ABA’s flagship magazine, the "ABA Journal." She writes about access to justice at "A Just Society."