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What Your Law Firm Needs to Know About Artificial Intelligence (AI)

If you’ve been reading any sort of industry publications these days, you have heard about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the supposed threat it’s posing to the legal profession as a whole.   First, let us say this: we don’t expect lawyers to become...
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What is "Blockchain," and How Will it Impact Law Firms?

Between 2014 and 2015, investors poured over $800 million into blockchain startups. The market for blockchain is expected to reach $7.7 billion globally by the year 2022, up from $411.5 million in 2017.   And in 2018, no one can seem to stop talking...
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How to Craft a Successful Security Awareness Training Program for Your Law Firm

Over the past 25 years our company has seen cyber threats evolve in a nasty way. Last year a startling 4,000 ransomware attacks occurred every day. One out of every 131 emails sent was malicious. Businesses with fewer than 1,000 employees now have a 90%...
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Will the Cloud Save My Law Firm Money?

When it comes to cloud computing, providers tend to harp on the idea of mind-blowing cost savings in their promotional material. In fact, this notion has saturated the IT landscape to the point where many firms will reflexively equate “cloud” with...
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Do I Need a CIO for My Law Firm?

This is going to be a short read.   When it comes to whether or not your law firm needs a CIO, the greatest and most clear indicator is that you’re asking the question to begin with.   After helping DC law firms navigate technology for nearly 25 years,...
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How to Test a Disaster Recovery Plan for Law Firms

Disasters can be, well, even more disastrous to law firms because their responsibility to protect client data does not dissipate post-disaster. In fact, former ABA President Steve Zack was quoted as saying, “They [law firms] must represent the client...
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What are the Best Ways to Prevent Malware for Law Firms?

Did you know that in Cisco Systems Inc.’s 2015 Annual Security Report, law firms were ranked as the seventh most-vulnerable industry? That’s scary, considering how heavily law firms rely on data, and how heavily their clients rely on privacy.   In a...
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How to Choose the Right Document Management System (DMS)

In previous articles, we’ve spent some time working through some of the best Document Management Systems on the market, and how much one of these solutions will end up costing your firm.   What we haven’t covered, however, is how to go about vetting...
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How Much Should Law Firms Spend on IT Security?

If you came across an article we recently posted about the top cybersecurity threats to law firms, you may have seen some rather disconcerting results from a 2013 ILTA survey. Take a look: 76% of law firms surveyed did not require two-factor...
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What are the Top Cybersecurity Threats to Law Firms?

Our law firm clients are scared—and they should be. It’s a scary, data-filled world and they want to know how Optimal recommends protecting that data. They also want to know what exactly it is they should be scared of: what are the top cybersecurity...
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