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Weekly legal tech news – March 30, 2020

This week’s legal tech news shows that over 95% of IT leaders from the legal sector say that insider data breaches are a major concern for their companies. The results of the latest global Insider Data Breach Survey analysis uncovered that just over half of the IT leaders are using anti-virus software to combat phishing attacks and only 43% are using email encryption. On the other hand, legal business news announces that after this crisis related to the pandemic ends, our lives will become divided between before-Corona (BC) and after-Corona (AC). How will COVID-19 change the legal industry and what will it look like AC? In a nutshell: the coronavirus will turbocharge the legal industry transformation. Also, we find out that the US appeals courts are tackling the threat of coronavirus, making scheduling changes, encouraging electronic filing and restricting access to facilities, among other things. Read more in our weekly news summary:

✅  Over 95% of IT leaders in the legal sector say insider data breaches are a major concern. The results of the latest global Insider Data Breach Survey analysis uncovered a concerning reliance on traditional technologies to prevent insider breaches. Just over half of the IT leaders are using anti-virus software to combat phishing attacks and only 43% are using email encryption. There is also a worrying reliance on self-reporting of incidents, with 61% of IT leaders saying that the most likely way of detecting an insider data breach is via employees notifying them. When asked about the implications of these breaches, over one-third (36%) say financial damage would be the area of greatest impact. Discover more details in this article.

✅ After this crisis related to the pandemic ends, our lives will become divided between before-Corona (BC) and after-Corona (AC), says Mark Cohen in a Forbes editorial. How will COVID-19 change the legal industry and what will it look like AC? Short answer: the coronavirus will turbocharge the legal industry transformation. It will propel law into the digital age and reshape its landscape. The entire legal ecosystem will be affected—consumers, providers and the judicial system. Discover more details in a Forbes article.

✅ The latest British legal tech news is announcing that the adoption of artificial intelligence-based technology among lawyers remains low, according to new research by professors at Oxford University. Only 27% of respondents used AI-based tech for “legal research” tasks, 16% for “due diligence” exercises, and just 12% for “e-discovery/e-disclosure/technology-assisted review”, the research showed. Half of those surveyed said they received some law tech training within the past three years, with the most common type of support relating to specific software packages (38%). A further 12% received what was described as “generic law tech training”, in matters such as “legal issues raised by the use of technology”, and 11% in tech-focused “project management”.  Read more about this subject in this article.

✅ How does the COVID-19 affect the federal courts in the United States? – Bloomberg Law asks. The federal appeals courts are tackling the threat of coronavirus, making scheduling changes, encouraging electronic filing, and restricting access to facilities, among other things.  Even if all of the U.S. Supreme Court justices are healthy and following public health guidance amid the coronavirus outbreak, like forgoing their traditional handshake, some changes are undergoing:  Courts will issue orders and opinions on Monday, but they will not take the bench to do so, as they normally would, according to Supreme Court spokeswomen Kathleen Arberg. Instead, opinions will be posted on the court’s website in five-minute intervals, she said. The justices held their regularly scheduled conference on Friday morning, where they discussed which cases they want to hear. Read more on this subject on Bloomberg Law.

 

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