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5 Tactics to Improve Your Security in 2017

2017-03-28+0000| | In-house Counsel, Law Firm, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

blog_security-tips-security-bill.pngThere are few modern catastrophes more frightening to today’s corporation than a data breach. When critical data is compromised, everyone suffers: employees, customers, CEOs, and legal teams must all face the consequences.

Fortunately, even as would-be hackers with ill intent get smarter, technology is getting smarter, too. There are ways for every organization to protect themselves against threats, cyber and otherwise.

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Case Study: Next-level ECA with Ballard Spahr

2017-03-28+0000| | ECA & Investigation, Community, Law Firm

blog_ballard-spahr-case-study.pngEditor's Note: This article was originally published by Law Journal Newsletters.

Ballard Spahr is a national firm of more than 500 lawyers in 14 offices. We represent clients in more than 40 areas of litigation, business and finance, intellectual property, real estate, and public finance. Our clients include large public companies, privately held corporations, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and the occasional individual.

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8 Sessions to Top Your Legaltech 2017 Agenda

2017-03-28+0000| | Community, Education & Certification

blog_LTNY17-sessions.pngIt’s a time of year that legal professionals know all too well: the holiday lull has come to an end and you’re trading a plate of cookies in for a full plate of cases. It’s a new year and you’re embarking on new adventures to fulfill your resolutions. And, of course, Legaltech New York is approaching quickly.

Because your to-do list is full, we’ve compiled for you a list of what we think will be some of the best sessions of Legaltech 2017. With a range of topics to be covered, we hope these recommendations will spark some ideas for your agenda.

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e-Discovery in 2017: Back to the Future?

2017-03-28+0000| | In-house Counsel, Community, Law Firm, Litigation Support

blog_is-ediscovery-going-back-to-the-future-in-2017.pngEditor's note: this article originally appeared in Legaltech News.

One could argue that 2016 was the year e-discovery started “trending,” with a certain presidential candidate’s emails dominating the news cycle for much of the second half of the year. But the limelight wasn’t the only notable thing about e-discovery this year—new technologies, several high-profile cases, and notable mergers and acquisitions have left many of us wondering what’s next.

As we embark on new adventures in 2017, we talked with members of the profession and the industry about what they think is on the horizon and gathered seven predictions—five things we’ll expect to see in 2017, and two things we won’t.

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Murder, Data Privacy, and the Internet of Things

2017-03-28+0000| | Legal Update, Law Firm, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy

blog_amazon-echo-case.pngWhen James Bates, Owen McDonald, and Victor Collins began an evening of football, drinking, and hot tubbing on November 21, 2015, they probably had no idea they were on the verge of making new law in the expanding specialty of data discovery.

However, by the following morning, Collins was dead and Bates was in the crosshairs of a police investigation. The Bates home being somewhat typical in the era of the Internet of Things, it included a device known as an electronic home assistant. Thus, a fundamental legal question soon arose: is it lawful for police to seize and examine data from an Amazon Echo?

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The Search Technique You Should Be Using (But Probably Aren’t)

2017-03-28+0000| | Review & Production, Litigation Support

blog_reg-ex-anatomy-of-searchingEditor's Note: This simple introduction to a critical search strategy, originally published in December 2015, is among our most-viewed posts on The Relativity Blog. We thought it would make a useful refresher as you start planning your first projects for 2017. You can also dive into this tutorial for more practice.

Regular Expressions (RegEx) is a form of advanced searching that looks for specific patterns, as opposed to certain terms and phrases. It’s a unique solution that has the ability to hit results that no other type of searching can replicate, and it offers e-discovery practitioners big improvements to their typical dtSearch and analytics workflows.

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e-Discovery Star Wars, Episode II: Defending your Galaxy

2017-03-28+0000| | In-house Counsel, Law Firm, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy, Litigation Support

122016-rogue-one-part-2.png"Plug in. He should be able to interpret the entire Imperial computer network." – Obi-Wan Kenobi, speaking about R2-D2 seconds after accessing a “secure” Death Star control room

In our last post inspired by the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, we looked at how lessons from the Star Wars films reveal three key ways that every organization can better secure themselves against modern cyber threats: don’t be arrogant, keep an active imagination, and create a culture of security. William Lederer, chief security officer at kCura (respectfully and affectionately known as “Security Bill”) helped provide some insights into how these tactics can impact an organization’s security strategy.

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Analytics to the Rescue: A Trilogy of Crises Averted

2017-03-28+0000| | Analytics & Assisted Review, Litigation Support

121516-analytics-rescue-orange.pnge-Discovery professionals rely on analytics tools for cases of all sizes and have celebrated some big wins for clients as a result. As important as it is to share success stories, it’s also important to share close calls, from which we can sometimes learn far more.

In this season’s spirit of gratitude, I wanted to offer up my appreciation to analytics for coming to the rescue in the three near-crises that follow, and pay it forward by sharing my take on our lessons learned—pain and panic not included.

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Save Yourself from Holiday Lethargy with These CLE Opportunities

2017-03-28+0000| | In-house Counsel, Community, Education & Certification, Law Firm

121416-ediscovery-education-opps.pngAhh, December. That time of year where trees and rooftops twinkle and Mariah Carey warbles on about what she wants for Christmas. It’s a season of love and celebration—and of course an opportunity for almost everyone, kids from age 1 to 92, to get a few days away from their day jobs.

But when your feet are sore from shopping and your will exhausted from dodging controversial topics at the dinner table, don’t let your mind atrophy. Instead, squeeze in a few minutes here and there to brush up on your e-discovery knowledge, make plans for the coming year, and maybe even earn a few CLE credits along the way.

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e-Discovery in the Brexit Era: What Happens Now?

2017-03-28+0000| | In-house Counsel, International, Law Firm

120116-brexit.png“How horrifying to wake up that morning and find we planned to eject ourselves from the EU.” – Chris Dale, the eDisclosure Information Project

At Relativity Fest and on his own blog, Chris Dale has made no secret of his surprise at the United Kingdom’s referendum to leave the European Union this past summer. The decision will undoubtedly have lasting effects on the politics of Europe, the legalities of international business, and the nature of cross-border e-discovery.

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