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Hosted by two leaders in the cyber-security industry, Sharon D. Nelson, Esq. and John W. Simek, Digital Detectives is for listeners who are interested in digital forensics, e-discovery, and information security issues. Nelson and Simek invite digital forensic and computer security experts to enlighten listeners on the latest technology, cyber threats, and necessary security measures to keep online data secure.

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Jul 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.

Jun 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 information held.

May 28, 2019

Data Breach Lawyers: A View from the Trenches

Darius Davenport discusses how he helps his clients deal with cybersecurity concerns and privacy matters.

Apr 18, 2019

Internet Defamation: What Lawyers Need to Know

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

Mar 28, 2019

Digital Forensics on Mobile Devices

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

Feb 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.

Jan 30, 2019

eDiscovery: Major Developments in 2018 and a Look Ahead

Doug Austin talks about the most prominent trends in eDiscovery.

Dec 26, 2018

Our Favorite Cybersecurity Resources

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

Nov 27, 2018

Cybersecurity: Getting to Good for the Small Law Firm

Kellam Parks discusses why cybersecurity is essential to your firm and his impressions of solos/small firm’s cybersecurity awareness and preparedness.

Oct 29, 2018

The Evolving Landscape of Law Firm Data Breach Preparation and Response

David Ries talks about the need for law firms to develop a quick and logical way to respond to a data breach.

Sep 18, 2018

Securing Office 365: An Ethical Imperative for Lawyers

Brandon Koeller talks about the Office 365 Secure Score and other best practices to keep you secure in the cloud.

Aug 27, 2018

Cyber Security Awareness Training

Sharon Nelson and John Simek talk about the importance of cyber security awareness and potential training methods firms can use to instruct employees and partners.

Jul 24, 2018

Is the California Consumer Privacy Act Part of a Trend?

Scott Pink talks about the California Consumer Privacy Act, a law that aims to give consumers more control over their privacy and data usage.

Jun 26, 2018

Is Working with Virtual Assistants Putting your Law Firm in Danger?

Tom Lambotte talks about virtual assistances and how involving them could cause data dangers and what lawyers can do to protect themselves.

May 30, 2018

The FBI’s Access to iPhone Data: Apple Fights Back

Nate Cardozo explains the FBI’s stance on encryption, the First Amendment issues involved, and speaks on the implications of the FBI vs Apple San Bernardino confrontation.

Apr 23, 2018

Fastcase’s Artificial Intelligence Sandbox

Ed Walters talks about AI Sandbox, Fastcase’s new artificial intelligence initiative that aims to encourage firms’ experimentation with AI.

Mar 29, 2018

Ethical Misadventures in E-Discovery

Sharon Nelson and John Simek talk about the most common reasons lawyers run into e-discovery ethics issues, which include social media, Yelp reviews, document manipulation, and “hiding the ball” by giving opposing counsel too much data.

Feb 28, 2018

Cyber Insurance: Expensive, Complicated, and Necessary

Judy Selby talks about what cyber insurance covers, the different types of coverage, and why it’s an important part of a legal business.

Jan 30, 2018

What Makes a Preservation Letter Presidential

Craig Ball shares what it’s like to have the lawyers of the President of the U.S. use your words in one of his preservation letters and why this was perhaps the wrong move for President Trump’s lawyers.

Dec 29, 2017

Privacy vs. Protection: Warrantless Phone Searches at the Border

Sophia Cope talks about the EFF and ACLU challenge against the government’s warrantless searches of cell phones and other devices at the border.

Nov 21, 2017

Kaspersky Lab: Friend or Foe?

David Ries talks about whether Kaspersky Lab is safe for lawyers to use, diving into where the controversy started and what the results have been so far.

Oct 24, 2017

A Breach of Trust: The Aftermath of the Equifax Hack

This legal technology podcast covers the Equifax breach including who was affected, the resulting lawsuits, and whether or not the hack was preventable.

Sep 19, 2017

How Lawyers Should Use Spreadsheets

Ben Kusmin talks about the proper handling and format of spreadsheets.

Aug 17, 2017

Crisis Management After a Data Breach

In this legal technology podcast, Brian Wommack talks about the correct way to handle a data breach.

Jul 17, 2017

Cybersecurity 2.0: Creating Order from the Regulatory Landscape to Build a Strategic Advantage

Denver Edwards discusses cybersecurity, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) cybersecurity framework.

Jun 19, 2017

Ethical Issues with Confidential Data

In this legal podcast, Jim McCauley talks about ethical issues lawyers face and how the Virginia Bar is helping to educate lawyers on how to handle them.

May 19, 2017

Cybersecurity for Macs

The CEO of GlobalMac IT discusses how cybercrime has evolved and what Mac using lawyers can do to protect their information.

Apr 18, 2017

Practical Approaches to Preserving New (and Not-So-New) Media

Sharon and John talk to Craig Ball about the intricacies of preserving digital evidence.

Mar 14, 2017

Electronic Security Sweeps for Law Firms and their Clients

Guest Charles Patterson talks about TSCM and how this extra level of security can ensure a lawyer's private information stays private.

Feb 14, 2017

Smishing, a Growing Cyber Security Threat

In this episode of Digital Detectives, Sprint's Joe Hamblin joins hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek to discuss Smishing and other cyber security threats.

Jan 17, 2017

The Ransomware Epidemic in Law Firms: A Guide to Defense and Survival

In this episode of Digital Detectives, hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek discuss ransomware with the CEO of LMG Security, Sherri Davidoff.

Dec 20, 2016

Obama vs. Trump on Cyber Security

On this Digital Detectives podcast, we discuss governmental cyber security policy under Obama and how policies might change under the Trump administration.

Nov 18, 2016

The Top Hot Topics in eDiscovery

Sharon Nelson and John Simek talk with CloudNine VP of Professional Services Doug Austin to discuss the hottest changes and trends surrounding e-discovery.

Oct 12, 2016

The Importance of Website Security for Law Firms

Sharon and John sit down with SiteLock President Neill Feather to discuss the importance of website security and data breaches in law firms.

Sep 15, 2016

Encryption, Cyber Security, and Domestic Surveillance

Cindy Cohn discusses domestic surveillance, encryption technology, and how lawyers and law firms can protect themselves and their clients from cyber attacks.

Aug 18, 2016

Cyber Security for Small Firms and Solo Practices

Sharon Nelson and John Simek speak Jim Calloway about ways small firm and solo attorneys can improve their cyber security.

Jul 21, 2016

The 2016 Georgetown Ediscovery Training Academy

Board certified trial lawyer Craig Ball talks with Sharon and John about information technology competency and the 2016 Georgetown Ediscovery Training Academy.

Jun 29, 2016

Mandiant’s M-Trends and Verizon’s Data Breach Investigation Reports

Clark Hill PLC Of Counsel David G. Ries discusses data security, Mandiant’s M-Trends, and Verizon’s Data Breach Investigation Reports.

May 23, 2016

The Panama Papers: The World’s Largest Data Breach

Nuix Chief Technology Officer Stephen Stewart sits down with Sharon Nelson and John Simek to discuss the Panama Papers, the world’s largest data breach.

Apr 6, 2016

Cyber Security Audits and Options for Your Law Firm

As technology continues to become ever more integrated into our daily lives, the challenges that law firms face grow and evolve. Many tech savvy clients are not only concerned with a lawyer’s ability to represent them but also their ability to protect their files and privileged communications. With more instances of data breaches and hacking...

Mar 11, 2016

Edward Snowden’s Legal Advisor Sides with Apple in FBI Battle Over Encryption

During the investigation of the San Bernardino shooting the FBI obtained a company iPhone that was used by Syed Farook, one of the assailants. The investigators obtained a warrant to search the phone, but it’s currently locked and the FBI hasn’t been able to access the encrypted data. This prompted the agency to request assistance...

Jan 28, 2016

What Law Firms Should Know About the FBI’s InfraGard Program

InfraGard, one of the longest running outreach associations, represents a partnership between the FBI and the private sector. Members include businesses professionals (including many law firm employees), people from academic institutions, and local participants who share their experience and expertise with the FBI to assist in crime prevention. In the recent climate of rampant cyber...

Dec 30, 2015

Technology Assisted Review for Smart People

Technology Assisted Review (TAR), also known as Computer Assisted Review, Predictive Coding, Computer Assisted Coding, and Predictive Ranking, has been around for 50 years, but is now becoming incredibly useful in the legal field. This technology can speed up cases of all kinds and greatly reduce discovery costs for their clients. But how do lawyers...

Nov 20, 2015

Paris Attacks: The Digital Investigation, ISIS, and The Response

Following the terrorist attacks in Paris, French officials used metadata from a phone they found in a trashcan to gather information that made it possible to raid ISIS safe houses within a week. During these raids they were able to kill the suspected mastermind behind the operation, who was believed to be planning more attacks....

Nov 10, 2015

Catalyst’s Free E-Discovery Practicum for Law Schools

Although electronic discovery is increasingly important for court lawyers, only about 30 law schools nationwide offer e-discovery courses. To address the gap, Catalyst, an e-discovery service provider based out of Denver, has developed a practicum that aims to give law students the necessary experience to enter the workforce with adequate fundamental knowledge. So how does...

Oct 6, 2015

A New Dawn for the Association of E-Discovery Specialists

The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) is a member organization that offers certification and a community for professionals working in the field of e-discovery, both in the public and private sectors. Recently, experienced e-discovery service provider and industry leader Mary Mack was named the executive director of ACEDS. What will change and what are...

Sep 3, 2015

Hillary Clinton’s Emails and the Looming Issue of Shadow IT

“It is very difficult to conceive of a scenario — short of nuclear winter — where an agency would be justified in allowing its cabinet-level head officer to solely use a private email communications channel for the conduct of government business.” – Jason R. Baron to the New York Times On March 2nd, 2015, The...

Aug 26, 2015

Why are Law Firms Beginning to Form Data Breach Practice Groups?

“33% of Fortune 100 Organizations will experience an information crisis by 2017.” – Gartner, an information technology research and advisory firm Recently, data breaches have become one of the most serious threats to companies worldwide, and as more corporate infrastructure moves online, studies suggest that the rising number of data breaches will cost 2.1 trillion...

Jul 23, 2015

E-Discovery Reflections from Retired Magistrate Judge John Facciola

John M. Facciola is a retired United States Magistrate Judge who formerly served in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He has authored over 700 opinions, many of them in e-discovery and in the impact of information technology upon Fourth Amendment principles. With an inside knowledge of how e-discovery directly affects...

Jun 8, 2015

Lawmageddon and How to Prepare for Social Media in the Courtroom

In a recent blog post, Canadian lawyer and legal technology blogger Nathaniel Russell defined Lawmageddon as “the imminent confluence of events that will change lawyers’ lives forever.” This most likely includes technologies such as cybersecurity, cloud-based systems, encryption, and social media, which influence the legal sphere in a way that lawyers cannot opt out of....

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Sharon D. Nelson

Sharon D. Nelson is president of the digital forensics, information technology, and cybersecurity firm Sensei Enterprises. In addition to...

John W. Simek

John W. Simek is vice president of the digital forensics, information technology and cybersecurity firm Sensei Enterprises. He is...

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