Digital Detectives

Digital Detectives

Episodes

  • Cull, Baby, Cull - Modern Trends in Data Collection and Analysis

    Aug 18, 2014 | 30 min
    Despite all the attention that e-discovery has received over the last decade, it is still a relatively new part of the litigation process. For those lawyers who were never exposed to e-discovery in law school or their formative years, the systems and products involving data collection and analysis can be overwhelming and complex. How much do lawyers need to know about information governance, data collection, data analysis, managed document review, and electronically stored information (ESI)? Alternately, for those data collection practitioners who are already intricately involved in the culling and analysis, how is the technology and process changing? In this episode of Digital Detectives, S...
  • Data Breaches, eDiscovery, and the Importance of Digital Forensics

    Jul 28, 2014 | 22 min
    Every law firm can run into incidents of employee misconduct, data breaches, and intellectual property theft. In the age of modern technology, data breaches, insider trading, and other security problems require extensive technological forensics. Partners and firm owners, as well as lawyers working within the firm, need to understand why a digital investigation is needed, what steps should be taken within an investigation, and who should be involved. Having this knowledge can save the firm thousands of dollars while uncovering the truth. In this episode of Digital Detectives, Sharon Nelson and John Simek interview ediscovery and compliance attorney Patrick Oot about how attorneys should be pr...
  • 77% of Lawyers Can’t Be Trusted With Confidential Client Data

    Jul 7, 2014 | 25 min
    All lawyers have an ethical obligation to employ security measures when sharing information and data with their clients. Whether that means encrypting all important emails or properly researching cloud based file-sharing services like Dropbox, it is incumbent on lawyers to understand the levels of security available. LexisNexis recently did a survey on what tools lawyers and legal professionals are using to protect their clients' privileged information. 77% of the lawyers surveyed did not have adequate security for their confidential client data. How important is encryption and what can lawyers do to change the way they share data? On this episode of Digital Detectives, Sharon Nelson and Joh...
  • The FBI’s Massive Facial Recognition Database: Privacy Implications

    May 24, 2014 | 20 min
    On February 12th of 2008, the FBI announced that it had hired Lockheed Martin to build its Next Generation Identification system (NGI) to deploy multimodal matching to biometric data of US citizens. Today, NGI's database contains several types of unique identifiers including fingerprints, iris prints, and facial recognition. On this episode of Digital Detectives, hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek interview Jennifer Lynch from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Together they discuss false identifications, mandatory background checks, and the First Amendment right to be anonymous. Tune in to learn more about EFF's FOIA request and how the FBI is using the data of the innocent to look for gui...
  • Perils of Law Firms Possessing Massive Amounts of Unreviewed Client Data

    Apr 11, 2014 | 24 min
    Some experts believe that, in addition to being prohibitively expensive for law firms to manage, maintaining immense amounts of client data increases the probability that it will be exposed to the public through a security breach or hack. That is why many like-minded firms are outsourcing data management to companies that specialize in it. On this episode of Digital Detectives, hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek interview Ralph C. Losey from Jackson Lewis P.C. Together, they discuss how to manage large amounts of data, when to outsource, and what to do with unprocessed information. Tune in to learn more about dark data, how to select outside vendors, and hosting costs vs. storage costs. Ralp...
  • The Ethical Implications of NSA Surveillance for Lawyers

    Mar 21, 2014 | 24 min
    Some technology experts believe it's not a matter of if law firm communications can be hacked, but when. With continuing reports of the NSA and foreign entities monitoring the privileged attorney-client communications of US law firms, lawyers may be required to take additional measures to protect client information. On this edition of Digital Detectives, hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek discuss the growing dangers and evolving duties for clients and attorneys with cyber security expert Dan Ries from Clark Hill Thorp Reed. Among the many changes to legal practice are alterations to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, increased contractual expectations from clients, and a growing need t...
  • The Kindergarten Version of Information Security for Lawyers

    Feb 24, 2014 | 26 min
    From malware and hackers to BYOD and TYOD, the biggest threat to law firm data could be the attorneys themselves. On this episode of Digital Detectives, hosts Sharon D. Nelson and John W. Simek interview data expert Ben M. Schorr and discover complex new threats to data security and the simplest solutions to reduce them. Schorr is a technologist and Chief Executive Officer for Roland Schorr and Tower, a professional consulting firm headquartered in Flagstaff, Arizona with offices in Hawaii and Oregon. He is also the author of several books and articles on technology, including The Lawyer's Guide to Microsoft Outlook, The Lawyer's Guide to Microsoft Word, and Microsoft OneNote in One Hour for...
  • How to Manage Your Paralegal Career in Today’s Economy

    Feb 11, 2014 | 28 min
    Today’s economy can be challenging for paralegals. Make sure you’re taking the right steps to advance your career. On this episode of the Paralegal Voice, host Vicki Voisin interviews future President of NALS Karen McElroy. Together they discuss what you should be doing as a paralegal to get ahead and stay ahead in this job market. Karen McElroy will become the President of NALS at the end of February 2014. She has been working in law since 1981 in a multitude of capacities including legal secretary, legal assistant, and paralegal. Karen is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and Ohio Air National Guard.    
  • What Should Lawyers Know About Information Governance?

    Jan 21, 2014 | 24 min
    In this edition of Digital Detectives hosts Sharon D. Nelson and John W. Simek invite Jason R. Baron, former director of litigation at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration to discuss Information Governance as it relates to e-discovery, privacy, record keeping and security. Baron connects the dots between all these areas and helps lawyers understand they need to know about information governance and the current trends he is see in this area. Baron serves as counsel to the Information Governance and E-Discovery Practice Group at the law firm of Drinker Biddle and Reath, in Washington, DC. His prior career in the federal service included acting as trial lawyer and senior counse...
  • Data Breaches in the Healthcare Industry: Lessons for Law Firms

    Dec 13, 2013 | 26 min
    The first thing guest Alan Goldberg highlighted was the colossal cost of data breaches. He explained that the minimum cost is $100,000 and it has the potential to amount to millions. In this edition of Digital Detectives, your hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek invite Goldberg to discuss the usual reasons for a breach, likely consequences, prevention, and more. Goldberg is a solo practitioner in McLean, Virginia. A past President of the American Health Lawyers Association, he teaches Health Law and Health and Information Technology as an adjunct professor at American University, Washington College of Law, and George Mason University School of Law. Special thanks to our sponsor, Digital WarRo...
  • A State Judge’s Perspective On E-Discovery

    Nov 7, 2013 | 33 min
    The Honorable John M. Tran uses the terms digital natives and digital immigrants when referring to judges. Coined by author Marc Prensky, digital natives are those born into technology and digital immigrants are learning the field as they go. It’s not uncommon for judges to be digital immigrants, forcing them to confront issues on the bench that they have never experienced. In this edition of Digital Detectives, hosts Sharon D. Nelson, Esq. and John W. Simek invite long-time friend Judge Tran to discuss how his colleagues keep up to date on technology, his views on cooperative discovery as both a judge and a past litigator, and what he’s seen as the best way to address discovery in the court...
  • The Implications of NSA Surveillance for Lawyers

    Oct 4, 2013 | 38 min
    Edward Snowden’s leaks about NSA surveillance have been a hot topic in the media for the last few months. But what do lawyers, specifically, need to worry about? The answer is: a lot. On this edition of Digital Detectives, hosts Sharon D. Nelson and John W. Simek take the stage and examine NSA surveillance as it relates to lawyers. Tune in for an overview of Snowden and the NSA surveillance controversy, how effective (or ineffective) encrypting data is, whether the surveillance is having a chilling effect on lawyers, how to abide by the Model Rules of Professionalism 1.6, and an answer to the underlying question - has George Orwell’s dystopia, 1984, arrived a few decades late?
  • Cyber Risk Management for Lawyers

    Sep 13, 2013 | 32 min
    Lawyers hold some of their clients’ most private communications, which makes them a top target of all hackers. As technology competence becomes the required norm, lawyers need to understand not only how to protect their clients’ information but how to react if a cyber attack does happen. On this episode of Digital Detectives, Sharon D. Nelson, Esq. and John W. Simek invite Steven Chabinsky to discuss cyber-risk management for lawyers. Steven Chabinsky is senior vice president of legal affairs, general counsel, and chief risk officer for the cyber-security-technology firm CrowdStrike. He is also is an adjunct faculty member of George Washington University and the cyber columnist for Security ...
  • Hot Developments Among E-Discovery Vendors

    Aug 6, 2013 | 28 min
    This episode of Digital Detectives discusses e-discovery vendor trends. Hosts Sharon D. Nelson, Esq. and John W. Simek welcome entrepreneur and friend Andy Wilson to share his insights on what’s going on in the industry and what’s to come. Andy Wilson is CEO and co-founder of Logik, whose e-discovery platform, Logikcull, was created to make complicated e-discovery projects easy and manageable. He focuses on product design and management and serves as the company’s visionary behind product marketing and strategy. Logik is now offering infinite storage to its customers, and Wilson believes this is the future of storage pricing. Tune in to hear about the impact of the new normal on e-discovery ...
  • Highlights from the 2013 Georgetown E-Discovery Training

    Jul 3, 2013 | 30 min
    On This edition of Digital Detectives, co-hosts Sharon D. Nelson, Esq. and John W. Simek discuss the Georgetown E-Discovery Training Academy with Tom O’Connor. The training consists of a week-long curriculum for those interested in becoming fluent in e-discovery through small-group discussions and interactive-learning sessions. O’Connor is a senior consultant for Gallivan, Gallivan & O'Melia, creators of the Digital WarRoom e-discovery software. He is co-author of the book E-Discovery for Small Cases: Managing Digital Evidence and ESI. The book was noted by PRWeb as the first book to “mainstream” e-discovery for all cases. He is a frequent author and speaker on legal technology and dedicates...
  • Highlights from the 2013 Georgetown E-Discovery Training

    Jul 3, 2013 | 30 min
    On This edition of Digital Detectives, co-hosts Sharon D. Nelson, Esq. and John W. Simek discuss the Georgetown E-Discovery Training Academy with Tom O’Connor. The training consists of a week-long curriculum for those interested in becoming fluent in e-discovery through small-group discussions and interactive-learning sessions. O’Connor is a senior consultant for Gallivan, Gallivan & O'Melia, creators of the Digital WarRoom e-discovery software. He is co-author of the book E-Discovery for Small Cases: Managing Digital Evidence and ESI. The book was noted by PRWeb as the first book to “mainstream” e-discovery for all cases. He is a frequent author and speaker on legal technology and dedicates...
  • E-Discovery: Why You Should Go Native!

    Jun 13, 2013 | 33 min
    It’s easy to get caught up in the fast-paced transition to paperless E-discovery review. Firms are now converting evidence into TIFF files. What’s a TIFF file? It’s just an easy way to manage and send large amounts of evidence, right? Wrong. On this episode of Digital Detectives, guest Craig Ball explains that a TIFF image turns the evidence into a small, non-searchable image. “They are not offering you the evidence in anything like the form in which they created and used the evidence.” Ball explained in a recent article, “ Instead, they propose to print everything to a kind of electronic paper, turning searchable, metadata-rich evidence into non-searchable pictures of much (but not all) of ...
  • E-Discovery: Why You Should Go Native!

    Jun 13, 2013 | 33 min
    It’s easy to get caught up in the fast-paced transition to paperless E-discovery review. Firms are now converting evidence into TIFF files. What’s a TIFF file? It’s just an easy way to manage and send large amounts of evidence, right? Wrong. On this episode of Digital Detectives, guest Craig Ball explains that a TIFF image turns the evidence into a small, non-searchable image. “They are not offering you the evidence in anything like the form in which they created and used the evidence.” Ball explained in a recent article, “ Instead, they propose to print everything to a kind of electronic paper, turning searchable, metadata-rich evidence into non-searchable pictures of much (but not all) of ...
  • Cyber Threats to Law Firms and Businesses: How Do We Defend Ourselves?

    May 7, 2013 | 29 min
    Digital Detectives hosts Sharon D. Nelson, Esq. and John W. Simek, president and vice president of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., welcome Stewart Baker of Steptoe & Johnson to discuss the 2013 Verizon Data Breach Report, cybersecurity legislation, and more. • Stewart Baker has been described by The Washington Post as “one of the most techno-literate lawyers around.” His long list of experience includes serving as the first Assistant Secretary for Policy for the Department of Homeland Security and the General Counsel of the National Security Agency. His current law practice covers homeland security matters, travel and foreign investment regulation, international trade, cybersecurity, and data prot...
  • Cyber Threats to Law Firms and Businesses: How Do We Defend Ourselves?

    May 7, 2013 | 29 min
    Digital Detectives hosts Sharon D. Nelson, Esq. and John W. Simek, president and vice president of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., welcome Stewart Baker of Steptoe & Johnson to discuss the 2013 Verizon Data Breach Report, cybersecurity legislation, and more. • Stewart Baker has been described by The Washington Post as “one of the most techno-literate lawyers around.” His long list of experience includes serving as the first Assistant Secretary for Policy for the Department of Homeland Security and the General Counsel of the National Security Agency. His current law practice covers homeland security matters, travel and foreign investment regulation, international trade, cybersecurity, and data prot...
  • Scary Tech: Lessons from ABA TECHSHOW 2013

    Apr 26, 2013 | 27 min
    Find out what the experts in computer security saw at ABA TECHSHOW 2013 - things like attendees with no passcode on their tablets or smartphones and people connecting to insecure networks which monitored their data traffic (through a scary device called a Pineapple). Digital Detectives hosts Sharon Nelson, Esq. and John Simek, president and vice president of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., welcome Ben Schorr of Roland Schorr to talk about the best ways to secure your home and office devices Ben Schorr has been a technical consultant for businesses for two decades. Microsoft named him Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for both their Outlook product group and their OneNote product group. He was recen...
  • Scary Tech: Lessons from ABA TECHSHOW 2013

    Apr 26, 2013 | 27 min
    Find out what the experts in computer security saw at ABA TECHSHOW 2013 - things like attendees with no passcode on their tablets or smartphones and people connecting to insecure networks which monitored their data traffic (through a scary device called a Pineapple). Digital Detectives hosts Sharon Nelson, Esq. and John Simek, president and vice president of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., welcome Ben Schorr of Roland Schorr to talk about the best ways to secure your home and office devices Ben Schorr has been a technical consultant for businesses for two decades. Microsoft named him Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for both their Outlook product group and their OneNote product group. He was recen...
  • Special Masters in E-Discovery

    Oct 10, 2012 | 27 min
    In this October edition of Digital Detectives, co-hosts Sharon D. Nelson, Esq., President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc. and John W. Simek, Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, join returning guest, attorney Craig Ball, to talk about special masters in e-discovery. Craig describes how an ESI special master gets involved in a case, what a special master does to fix broken discovery efforts and how to select an ESI special master.
  • Metadata: What You Can’t See Can Hurt You!

    Sep 18, 2012 | 22 min
    Many are hearing about metadata in articles and blogs, but secretly admit that they don’t fully understand what it is. Digital Detectives co-hosts, Sharon D. Nelson, Esq., President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc. and John W. Simek, Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, join Karen Massand, the President of Litéra, to take a look at metadata, whether it takes an expert to find metadata in documents, leaking hidden data, and the new metadata problem caused by the "bring your own device movement".
  • Ouch! Lessons Learned from the Morgan Lewis’ Redaction Disaster

    Aug 27, 2012 | 24 min
    Digital Detectives co-hosts, Sharon D. Nelson, Esq., President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc.,and John W. Simek, Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, join Christine Musil, the Director of Marketing for Informative Graphics, as they take on the Morgan Lewis’ Redaction Disaster. In that case, Morgan Lewis accidentally filed an exhibit that contained unredacted information, information its client had spent a lot of money to protect from disclosure. Christine explores the most common redaction mistakes, how these mistakes can be avoided and the benefits and pitfalls of electronic redaction vs. the traditional paper-based method.
  • Focus on Privacy: The Facebook Internet Tracking Case

    Jul 20, 2012 | 30 min
    Back in May of 2012, Facebook was sued for $15 billion for improperly tracking users even after they logged off the social network. Digital Detectives co-hosts, Sharon D. Nelson, Esq., President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc.,and John W. Simek, Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, join Attorney David Straite, partner at Stewarts Law U.S. LLP, Head of Investor Protection Litigation and co-lead counsel in the Facebook Internet Tracking Case, to discuss the main issues of this case including: digital privacy litigation, the current statutory and common law involved in this case, calculation of damages and the future of digital privacy rights.
  • The Craigslist Killer: A Case Study in Digital Forensics

    Jun 12, 2012 | 34 min
    The case of the Craiglist Killer has lived on through digital forensics. The Boston Police released their case files in the Craigslist Killer case to the Boston Phoenix which then published a remarkable story about the investigation in April of 2012. Digital Detectives co-hosts, Sharon D. Nelson, Esq., President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., and John W. Simek, Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, explore the intricacies of this captivating case including: evidence from surveillance cameras and privacy implications, getting social media evidence and poaching wireless networks.
  • Brainless Blunders in E-Discovery Searches

    Apr 18, 2012 | 30 min
    Are you guilty of making big mistakes when it comes to e-discovery searches? On Digital Detectives, co-hosts Sharon D. Nelson, Esq., President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc., and John W. Simek, Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, welcome guest Attorney Craig Ball, one of the country’s leading computer forensics technologists, to share his insights on brainless blunders in e-discovery searches. Craig also talks about recall and precision as mortal enemies, data volume rather than data quality and tips on looking at data as data rather than as documents.
  • Predictive Coding: A Rose by Any Other Name

    Mar 23, 2012 | 27 min
    One of e-discovery’s hottest topics today is predictive coding. So what exactly "is" predictive coding? On Digital Detectives, co-hosts Sharon D. Nelson, Esq., President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc. and John W. Simek, Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, welcome guest Dan Gallivan, one of the founders and Chief Technology Officer for Gallivan Gallivan & O’Melia , to discuss technology-assisted review, also known as predictive coding. Dan shares his thoughts on this new technology replacing keyword search, common areas of misunderstanding and Judge Peck’s role as a flag bearer for predictive coding.
  • The Best Resources for Staying Current in E-Discovery

    Feb 16, 2012 | 27 min
    How do you keep up with all that is going on in the world of e-discovery? On Digital Detectives, co-hosts Sharon D. Nelson, Esq., President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc. and John W. Simek, Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, welcome guest, Neil Squillante, publisher of LitigationWorld, who discusses his selection of resources for staying current in e-discovery. Neil tells us how to keep up with e-discovery developments, lists his favorite blogs and podcasts, and explains how you can benefit from the Sedona Conference and webinars.
  • Smartphone Security

    Jan 20, 2012 | 30 min
    Is your smartphone really secure? On Digital Detectives, co-hosts Sharon D. Nelson, Esq., President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc. and John W. Simek, Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, welcome guest, computer scientist, and certified forensic analyst Andrew Hoog, co-founder of viaForensics, to talk about the ins and outs of smartphone security. Andrew shares his insight on the most secure smartphone, whether mobile devices are really a target for sophisticated cyber-criminals and the policies corporations and law firms need to address mobile devices.
  • Cost-Effective E-Discovery in Small Cases

    Dec 15, 2011 | 25 min
    The high cost of e-discovery is a major problem for most small firms and solo lawyers. On Digital Detectives, co-hosts Sharon D. Nelson, Esq., President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc. and John W. Simek, Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, welcome guest, Bruce Olson, the President of ONLAW Trial Technologies, and discuss cost-effective e-discovery for small cases. Find out what is the single most important step an attorney can take to minimize e-discovery costs, when is the right time to seek outside expert advice and which software tools and cloud based solutions can help contain costs.

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