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Issue #4 | January 11th, 2016

Greetings Colleagues and Friends,

Happy New Year! We hope you enjoyed the holiday season and your new year is off to a fantastic start! As we begin the new year, KT Designs would like to thank you for your business and looks forward to another fruitful year serving our clients.

We want to kick off the year by sharing some exciting news and important tips and tricks with you. Feel free to share this newsletter with your colleagues and friends and, if you have comments or suggestions, we would very much like to hear from you.

We look forward to assisting your team and clients in the upcoming year. Contact us to discuss your scheduling needs today! Your continued support and patronage is our motivation. Thank you for your lasting confidence in us!

Remember: It's never too early to discuss strategy, no matter where you are in the litigation process. Call us today to schedule your free initial consultation on your upcoming litigation.

Wishing you a safe and happy new year!
Kristin Thomas
Owner, KT Designs
202.554.0272
kt@kt-designs.org

   


In this edition:

  • Announcement: Pre-release of KT Designs' new white paper
  • Tips and Tricks



Announcement of the Pre-release of
KT Designs' New White Paper


Our newest and much anticipated white paper, Privacy, Security and Mitigating Risk in the Digital Age: The Business's 'How To Guide' for Navigating Machiavelli's Playground, is now available for download on our website. This white paper is the second part of our two-part series discussing issues related to cybersecurity, protection methods and how to mitigate risks in business and legal environments.

The link to the white paper section of our website is as follows:
http://kt-designs.org/white-papers/

It is unnecessary to subscribe to a list or submit information to access any of our academic papers. Feedback and thoughtful debate is always encouraged.




Tips and Tricks: Computer Security in the Office

Part of our duty as legal professionals is exercising discretion and protecting information to maintain attorney-client privilege. In an environment where information is stored, transferred and presented electronically and accessible from practically anywhere, it is more important than ever that the legal profession educate and implement strategies to strengthen their security posture; this includes protecting hardware, systems and data. Some simple steps companies can implement in-house to reinforce their security footprint, especially technologically, are as follows.

  1. Modify your best practices, procedures and protocols documentation to include proper handling of electronically stored information.
  2. Create and document procedures and protocols for how to mitigate data breaches and steps to take in the aftermath a breach.
  3. Ensure all computer systems have regularly updated virus protection software.
  4. Install software updates and patches on your computers as they become available.
  5. Stay informed on data breaches within your industry and newly found threats.
  6. Consider assembling a whitelist of trustworthy applications, websites and other digital resources or portals approved for use at work and restrict access to all others.
  7. Ensure that new hires are trained on in-house security measures. Include topics such as use of unapproved devices, spotting a phishing email and other advanced persistent threats, proper handling of sensitive data and files, and the legal requirements and ramifications of mishandling of the same.
  8. Conduct continual training to keep staff and fellow lawyers apprised of changes to internal best practices as well as amendments to federal regulations such as the FRE, FRCP and modifications to local Rules of Professional Conduct.



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