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  • IP Theft and the Insider Threat

    , Managing Director, Computer Forensics

    PrecisionDiscovery_remarketingad_250x250_0831Your company has undoubtedly invested significant time, energy and money to develop intellectual property (IP) – unique ideas, methodologies and trade secrets – as well as other intangible assets – customer lists, plans for future products, non-public financial information, contracts with suppliers, software source code, and so on.

    These information assets are extremely valuable, and often what differentiate you from the competition. In the wrong hands – the hands of a competitor, for example – the damage could be catastrophic.

    IT professionals lie awake at night making sure their networks are protected from outside threats. And yet you don’t have to look too far to find high-profile examples of security breaches. The 2014 hacking of Sony Pictures and the release of thousands of private emails and documents was both costly and embarrassing for the company.

    Perhaps, it’s another headline-grabbing event that offers an indication of what may be a more common and pervasive threat to your information assets: the release of classified National Security Agency (NSA) documents by Edward Snowden. Snowden, you may recall, was a contractor working for the NSA when he copied and released classified information without authorization. This wasn’t a hack from the outside; it was the job of an “insider.” (more…)

    From the Experts, Security, Solutions

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    “Change is the only constant in life,” so said Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher, around 500 B.C. As I look toward the legal environment in 2017, that saying is alive and well thanks to the emergence of robotics, other workplace of the future solutions and artificial intelligence (AI), the next critical wave of change in law firms.

    What is different from Heraclitus’ time is the velocity at which change is occurring. Advancing law firm technology has pushed firms to move uncommonly fast to implement the changes necessary to garner the benefits that are possible for strategic growth and overall survival. The law firm of the future must address these coming influences that are re-engineering how work will be done.  What are these influences that I believe will impact the legal arena in 2017? Here are my predictions: (more…)

    Cloud, Content Management, From Our Experts, Security, Solutions, Strategy, Technology

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    Ever since I was young, I have had a gift for spotting antique furniture. Even if it had 10 coats of paint and was unrecognizable as a relevant piece of history, I could see past that and find the hidden gem. As a hobby, I go on “antique adventures” throughout New England in the hopes of spotting that piece of furniture to refinish and bring back to its glory days. I do this because these antiques are, indeed, relevant.

    Most recently, I spotted an art deco statute that was being used as an outside doorstop for more than 30 years. To my surprise, it was a 1920s original bearing the signature of Mr. Arthur von Frankenberg, one of New York’s well-known artists and sculptors who owned Frankart, Inc. “The Lady,” as I have named her, has been restored and made relevant again. She holds my peppermint treats.

    Frankart

    Unlike an old antique that may be pushed into a corner of a barn and forgotten, I have the power to keep myself relevant. The legal space is changing at lightning speed. With cyber and data security continuing to be a threat, law firms migrating to the cloud and information governance along with eDiscovery remain hot topics.

    My current role as Konica Minolta’s national legal solutions manager entails following trends in the legal vertical to ensure we stay relevant for our customers and remain an industry leader and trusted advisor.

    Over the past few years, I have obtained project management professional certification (PMP®) to understand project management methodologies and the PMI agile certified practitioner (PMI-ACP®) to understand agile business intelligence so that Konica Minolta’s legal vertical can move quickly as the market changes while keeping pace with customer demands. For example,
    key offerings for the legal vertical are computer forensics, eDiscovery and managed review services.   As such, I have obtained the certified eDiscovery specialist certification (CEDS®) to maintain my relevance and joined the Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists (ACEDS) to network with my peers and to keep abreast of the ever changing eDiscovery landscape.

    Lastly, I am almost at the finish line for my master’s degree in law and governance with a concentration in legal technology, compliance and regulations.

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    From Our Experts

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    No Rest For The Treasure Trove

    , U.S. Legal Practice Director, All Covered

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    As high-profile breaches continue to increase and flood the news every week, so does attention to the growing concern of protecting all types of data. Hackers have discovered that one of the easiest routes to a corporation’s data is through third parties. (more…)

    Content Management, From Our Experts, Security, Solutions, Strategy

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    Blog-Zina (1)

    We don’t have 12 jurors to get a consensus of what challenges and trends will impact the legal profession come the New Year, but our vast experience with law firms allows us to play judge and jury to help enlighten you. Some of these may or may not come as a surprise, but they’ll be areas that the legal industry must consider to remain safe and successful.

    For instance, we believe that cybersecurity will be the industry’s biggest challenge. We’re used to hearing news reports about breaches in the medical and retail worlds – like those from Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Target – but we never hear about breaches in the legal world. Law firms have become a veritable treasure trove for hackers in the past five to 10 years. Hackers are now getting to big corporate data through much less secure routes, such as outside counsel. Law firms must deploy advanced security measures – like those offered via All Covered Security Services – that identify and mitigate the risks to their clients’ and the firms’ assets, especially personally identifiable information (PII). (more…)

    Cloud, Content Management, From Our Experts, Security, Solutions, Technology

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    Technology Trends in the Legal Sector

    , National Solutions Manager, Legal Market

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    The golden rule for every business: “Put yourself in your customer’s place.”

    Orison Swett Marden

    More than ever, organizations are keenly aware that they can have cutting-edge products, superior customer service and the best talent but, if they are not keeping pace with their customers’ needs, they don’t have a working formula for success.

    In the legal industry, technology trends are rapidly changing. So, all aboard! The train has left the station and keeping pace is more paramount than ever.

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    From Our Experts, Security, Solutions, Strategy, Technology

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    Remember the ending of “Indiana Jones,” when the Ark of the Covenant is wheeled through a giant government warehouse, to be stored amid acres of similar boxes? That scene is reminiscent of the hunt a paralegal would undertake to find a piece of evidence, the proverbial needle in the haystack. (more…)

    From Our Experts, Solutions, Technology

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    At a media event this summer, Konica Minolta executives unveiled our “Blueprint for the Future,” which focuses on delivering more value to the customer. While the Blueprint emphasizes our transformation from a hardware company to a solutions and services company, it also highlights a fundamental change in the company’s DNA from being an expert on the product to an expert on the customer. In order for our customers to see us as experts, we continuously need to listen to and understand their business challenges and needs.

    Konica Minolta’s customer-first approach is exemplified by the way that our product development team incorporates customer feedback into new product releases. Last week, we released a new version of our automated workflow software application, Dispatcher Phoenix 4.2. All the new features are a direct result of customer feedback.

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    Customer Experience, From Our Experts, Solutions, Technology

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    From the Show Floor at LegalTech 2014

    , Senior Vice President, Business Intelligence Services

    For years Konica Minolta has been working to help law firms, corporations and government agencies achieve efficiencies.  Our EnvisionIT Legal Portfolio combines professional services, IT Services, industry leading software and hardware to help legal professionals work smarter and more productively while meeting their industry’s unique document and security challenges.

    At the recent LegalTech 2014 conference at the Hilton New York, I was asked about the evolution of IT services in the legal space and its benefits. Konica Minolta’s All Covered IT Services division has seen a resurgence in law firms investing in IT resources.  Firms are looking at their IT infrastructure and how it helps  to speed access to information while meeting security and compliance requirements.  This includes secure and easy access to content in any form including hard-copy and electronic document images. (more…)

    Leadership, Security, Solutions, Thought Leaders

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    Mobile Printing Apps Save Lawyers Time

    , National Solutions Manager, Legal Market

    It’s no secret that mobile devices have changed the way people work. Recently, I have seen a number of articles highlighting how even technology adverse industries such as the legal community are embracing mobile technologies. It’s true – go into any law office or courtroom and it’s rare to see a lawyer without his or her smart phone or tablet computer.

    There are many productivity apps (TranscriptPad, FastCase, Easy Biller, Black’s Law Dictionary) that help lawyers manage their cases, documents and time. However one app that is growing in popularity among lawyers is secure mobile printing such as Konica Minolta’s PageScope Mobile. In such a paper intensive industry, it’s easy to see why. (more…)

    Content Management, From Our Experts, Security, Technology

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