Escalating cyberrisks pose an "existential threat" to national security, the National Infrastructure Advisory Council wrote in asking President Donald Trump to establish a Critical Infrastructure Command Center so classified information can be shared between government agencies and companies. US companies "find themselves on the front lines of a cyber war they are ill-equipped to win against nation-states intent on disrupting or destroying our critical infrastructure," the NIAC wrote.
Law firms increasingly recognize the value of cloud technology for data storage, an ILTA survey found. Security chief Travis Howe of legaltech provider Litify suggests five topics to address with cloud service providers before making the move, including making sure the service provider can identify every person who logs into the system.
Big Law "is about to get pretty uncomfortable pretty fast ... and some will not know what has hit them," caution Nick Abrahams and Gerry Pecht of Norton Rose Fulbright, referring to the coming tide of legaltech innovations. In this commentary, they emphasize that the practice of law isn't in jeopardy -- merely the way it is done.
IT services company Principle Solutions Group lost $1.7 million in a phishing scheme, but the loss is covered by its commercial crime insurance policy, said the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. Ironshore, a Liberty Mutual Insurance Group unit, had initially declined to cover the loss.
The Google Chrome browser gets real-time phishing protection capabilities with the release of version 79, which protects users from cyberattacks with the help of the Safe Browsing blacklist service. The release also builds in the Password Checkup tool, which previously required a plug-in; it notifies users if their credentials have been exposed in a data leak by checking against more than 4 billion compromised credentials.
Magic Leap has released Enterprise Suite, which consists of an updated version of its augmented reality headset and a package of applications and management tools; the suite is designed to help employees use spatial computing to manage data, learn and collaborate via 3D visualization and location-based experiences. The features compete with those offered by Microsoft via its HoloLens device.
Data backup and recovery provider Acronis has acquired 5nine, a provider of Microsoft Hyper-V and Azure cloud management and security products. Acronis plans to integrate 5nine's technology into Acronis' cyberplatform, which will create multiple cloud security services, such as patch management and ransomware protection.
D-Wave Systems and Japanese industrial giant NEC have partnered to develop hybrid services based on supercomputers and quantum technology. NEC will invest $10 million in D-Wave and will become an authorized reseller of its cloud services.
Data science is playing a big role in all facets of mass tort cases, write Deb Zonies and Robert Koehl of litigation support services firm Verus. In this wide-ranging analysis, they conclude that crunching data can find potential claimants and help identify "where efficiencies can be implemented, and how to structure and evaluate potential settlements."
Pairing artificial intelligence with pre-execution contract review is a natural fit to reduce repetitive, tiring work, writes BlackBoiler CEO Dan Broderick. Think of AI as "a method or process that is embedded in existing workflows and constantly improves them," he suggests.
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