John W. Simek

John W. Simek

Host of Digital Detectives

John W. Simek is vice president of the digital forensics, managed information technology and cybersecurity firm Sensei Enterprises. He is a nationally known expert in cybersecurity and digital forensics. John possesses the prestigious Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) certifications as well as multiple other technical certifications. He was co-chair of ABA TECHSHOW 2019 and is a frequent author (18 books and hundreds of articles) and speaker on technology, cybersecurity and electronic evidence topics.

Recent Episodes
September 29, 2022

ILTACON Roars Back in 2022 – Here’s What You Missed

ILTACON’s peer-driven approach strives to provide a unique experience for the legal industry with its heavy focus on education and attendee involvement. Sharon Nelson and John Simek welcome Doug Austin to debrief...

August 18, 2022

Ripped From the Headlines: Alex Jones and Inadvertent Waiver

In the midst of Alex Jones’ defamation trial, the whole world found out that an almost unthinkable blunder had been committed by his attorneys, resulting in an inadvertent waiver of privilege that...

July 28, 2022

Advice for Law Firms from a Data Breach/Privacy Lawyer

Studies show that over 70% of people haven’t the foggiest idea who to call first when they discover a data breach. If you’ve just realized you’re one of them, tune in! John...

June 23, 2022

How Secure is Your Law Firm’s Data?

Unfortunately, data breaches are becoming a ‘when’, not ‘if’, scenario, but a proactive data protection strategy will definitely help! Sharon Nelson and John Simek talk with Peter Baumann about what businesses should...

May 19, 2022

Revealing Stats from the 8th Annual BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report

Avoiding a data breach should be amongst your top priorities, and understanding threats and causes helps you improve your preventative measures. Sharon Nelson and John Simek welcome back Craig Hoffman to unpack...

April 21, 2022

Russia’s Digital Iron Curtain

The online space for Russia’s civil society has been slowly closing for nearly a decade, but after the invasion in Ukraine, governmental powers quickly seized control of internet freedoms—banning and blocking at...

March 17, 2022

Cybersecurity: A Lawyer’s Ethical Duty to Read the News

Lucian Pera shares insights on the ethical considerations involved in ensuring leading-edge law firm cybersecurity.

February 17, 2022

ITRC’s 2021 Data Breach Report: Sobering Stats

James E. Lee discusses data breach trends and prevention tactics.

January 27, 2022

2022: What’s White Hot in Cybersecurity?

David G. Ries discusses the current trends in cybersecurity and offers tips for protecting your data from the latest threats.

December 16, 2021

Law Firms, Take Notice: The US is Cracking Down on Ransomware Gangs

Ariel Parnes offers insights on the government’s efforts to fight back against ransomware and cybercrime.

November 18, 2021

Why are Businesses, Including Law Firms, So Vulnerable to Ransomware?

David White offers tailored tips for lawyers based on Axio’s 2021 State of Ransomware Preparedness Report.

October 21, 2021

The SANS Institute and Cybersecurity Careers

Rob Lee offers insights on trends in the cybersecurity world and how to pursue a career in this exciting field.

September 28, 2021

Planning Your Cybersecurity Budget for 2022

Sherri Davidoff discusses current cyber threats and offers insights on how to plan and budget for effective security technology and training.

August 20, 2021

Ten Tips for Better ESI Expert Reports from Craig Ball

Craig Ball shares insights on the dos and don’ts of effective ESI expert reports.

July 27, 2021

Top 10 Tips: Effective Cybersecurity Awareness Training for Law Firm Employees

Beloved hosts and cybersecurity experts Sharon Nelson and John Simek share wisdom on equipping your staff with the necessary skills for guarding against cyber attack.

June 17, 2021

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

Tom Lambotte shares valuable tips for small-firm attorneys on how to adequately guard against cyber attacks.

May 20, 2021

Startling Stats from the BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report

Digital risk advisor Craig Hoffman talks through the uptick in ransomware attacks and other data security incidents found by BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report.

April 14, 2021

Is This How the World Ends? Artificial Intelligence and American Security

Brigadier General Patrick Huston discusses common myths about AI and its role in our national security and military.

March 25, 2021

Clio’s 2021 Legal Trends for Solo Law Firms

Jack Newton shares insights on Clio’s first solo-focused trends report and offers tips for how to stay competitive in the midst of pandemic-era changes in solo practice.

March 18, 2021

Cybersecurity Priorities for President Biden

Lawyer and cybersecurity expert Stewart Baker examines the president’s current plans for our nation’s most pressing cyber concerns.

February 18, 2021

Occam’s Razor — A SolarWinds Perspective for Law Firms

Jeffrey Wells explains the SolarWinds hack and cybersecurity questions law firms should be asking in the wake of this massive attack.

January 28, 2021

2021 Update: Security Assessments and Penetration Testing for Law Firms

Sharon Nelson and John Simek offer insights into which types of security evaluations lawyers should consider for their law firms.

December 17, 2020

Clio’s Legal Trends Report 2020: A Look Into the Future of Law

Clio COO George Psiharis talks through this year’s trends and the sweeping transformative effect COVID-19 has had on the legal profession.

November 19, 2020

Ransomware Surges: What Law Firms Need to Know

Attorney and cybersecurity expert Ted Kobus addresses the rapid increase in ransomware incidents in 2020 and explains what law firms should do in the event of an attack.

October 15, 2020

“Zooming” Into 2021 with Audio/Video Discovery

Doug Austin and Brett Burney give best practice tips for audio and video discovery.

September 24, 2020

The Perils of Biometric Information: Relevant Laws and Insurance Coverage for Biometric Lawsuits

Judy Selby gives a comprehensive overview of the many uses and risks associated with biometric information.

August 20, 2020

Penetration Tests and Cybersecurity Assessments: What Lawyers Need to Know

Cybersecurity expert Mike Maschke explains how penetration tests help lawyers protect themselves by identifying weak points in their security systems.

July 16, 2020

The Battle Against COVID-19: How eDiscovery Software is Playing a Role

Maura Grossman discusses how TAR is used by medical researchers to support their efforts to understand and treat COVID-19.

June 18, 2020

Work-At-Home and Remote Access – It’s Time for a Security Review

David Ries gives an overview of work-at-home and remote access best practices.

May 21, 2020

eDiscovery Before and After COVID-19: What to Expect

Doug Austin surveys the current state of the eDiscovery industry and discusses emerging trends.

April 23, 2020

Securing Microsoft Windows and Microsoft 365

Ben Schorr shares tips for improving security in Microsoft products.

March 23, 2020

Coronavirus and Working Remotely: What You Need to Know

John Simek and Sharon Nelson answer lawyers’ frequently asked questions about how to work remotely and securely.

March 2, 2020

ABA TECHSHOW 2020: Red Pill vs Blue Pill–How Deepfakes are Defining Digital Reality

Sharon Nelson and Lincoln Mead discuss both current and potential impacts of deepfakes on legal practice.

February 27, 2020

The 2019 Data Breach Numbers Are In – What Are They and What Do They Mean for 2020?

David Ries breaks down the trends in The Identity Theft Resource Center’s 2019 End-of-Year Data Breach Report.

January 30, 2020

The Intersection of Ethics and Artificial Intelligence

Michael Mills surveys the landscape of AI and its ethical implications within the practice of law.

December 20, 2019

The EDRM’s Mary Mack & Kaylee Walstad Unplugged

Mary Mack and Kaylee Walstad share updates on EDRM’s current projects and plans for the future.

December 5, 2019

Why the Cloud is the New Electricity–and What it Means to Lawyers

Andy Wilson discusses the cloud revolution’s impacts on legal professionals.

October 24, 2019

Dos and Don’ts of a 30(b)(6) Witness Deposition

Tom O’Connor offers tips for handling common problems surrounding 30(b)(6) witness depositions.

September 30, 2019

How Lawyers Collect and Properly Authenticate Evidence from the Web

Brett Burney outlines best practices for preserving and producing online evidence.

August 29, 2019

ABA Passes Resolution Urging Legal Profession to Study Legal and Ethical Issues of AI

Ed Walters delves into all things AI and discusses the ABA’s resolution urging a deeper study of AI’s legal and ethical issues.

July 23, 2019

Digital Dilemma: Your IoT Device May Be Testifying Against You

Gail Gottehrer explores the scope of the Internet of Things and gives an understanding of the privacy, security, and legal issues associated with IoT devices.

June 25, 2019

Guidance for Lawyers with Cybersecurity Paralysis

Sharon Nelson and John Simek help give guidance for lawyers with cybersecurity paralysis, and have a discussion on how to improve security based on the size of the firm and types of...

April 18, 2019

Internet Defamation: What Lawyers Need to Know

Joe Meadows has a discussion with John Simek and Sharon Nelson about internet defamation.

March 28, 2019

Digital Forensics on Mobile Devices

Brett Burney talks about what lawyers need to know about digital forensics on mobile devices.

February 26, 2019

Breaking and Entering: The Fascinating Life of a Professional Pen Tester

Sherri Davidoff talks about her career as a penetration tester and what she has developed with the companies in the area of cybersecurity.

January 30, 2019

eDiscovery: Major Developments in 2018 and a Look Ahead

Doug Austin talks about the most prominent trends in eDiscovery.

January 30, 2019

ABA Midyear Meeting 2019: ABA President Bob Carlson

Bob Carlson discusses many of the issues surrounding the immigration crisis and the effect the government shutdown has had on immigration courts.

January 30, 2019

ABA Midyear Meeting 2019: ABA President-Elect Judy Perry Martinez

Judy Perry Martinez discusses a variety of topics including lawyer wellness, immigration, gun violence, legal education, and legal technology.

January 29, 2019

ABA Midyear Meeting 2019: Tinker at 50 —Student Rights at the Schoolhouse Gate and Beyond

Salvatore Russo, Alex Johnson, Steve Wermiel, and Jim Hanks talk about the presentation titled “Tinker at 50: Student Rights at the Schoolhouse Gates and Beyond”.

December 26, 2018

Our Favorite Cybersecurity Resources

Sharon Nelson and John Simek talk about their favorite cybersecurity resources for lawyers.