Orange Rag Newsweek: Microsoft launches new security capabilities in Office 365 + All that’s hot

Microsoft last week unveiled several new security capabilities in Office 365 to help manage risk and ward off threats. You can read the details in full below plus we catch up on all the major legal IT news of the past week in brief.

Office 365 Secure Score is a new security analytics tool that applies a score to Office 365 customers’ current security configuration. The Secure Score, the numerator, is the sum of the points associated with security configurations that you have partially or fully adopted. The total score, the denominator, is the sum of the points associated with all the security controls that are available to you through your Office 365 plan.

Property and casualty insurer The Hartford has said it will consider a customer’s Office 365 Secure Score as a part of the cyber insurance underwriting process. This builds upon the endorsement of Office 365 made by insurance industry leader AIG last year.

Office 365 Threat Intelligence uses the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph to analyse billions of data points from global datacenters, Office clients, email, user authentications and other incidents that impact the Office 365 ecosystem, as well as signals from the Windows and Azure ecosystems—to provide actionable insights to global attack trends. Office 365 Threat Intelligence is now in private preview, with general availability planned for later this quarter.

Office 365 Advanced Data Governance Preview applies machine learning to help customers find and retain the most important data to them while eliminating redundant, obsolete and trivial data that could cause risk if compromised, such as the personal information of former employees who have long since left the company. Office 365 Advanced Data Governance is now in preview, space is limited but you can sign up here –

Other news in brief from the past week:

New tech

Undoubtedly one of the standout demos at Legaltech New York, CMS is adopting Brainspace’s machine-learning and data visualisation technology to accelerate its data analysis and review in litigation, arbitration and investigations.


HighQ has continued to build out its key management roles with the creation of a new chief marketing officer role, filled by the hire of David Roussain, most recently from digital media company AppNexus.

Contract discovery and analytics provider Seal Software has appointed Merck’s president of emerging businesses and global CIO, Clark Golestani, to its board of directors.

Wins and deals

iManage has announced that Posse Herrera Ruiz (PHR)— a firm of 120 lawyers headquartered in Bogota, Colombia— is using iManage Work to increase the productivity of its professionals.

Sixteen-partner Newcastle law firm Square One Law has selected Peppermint Technology as a cornerstone of the scale up and development of its business. Square One Law, which has had an average growth of over 35% a year for the previous four years, has completed a full data migration to the Microsoft Dynamics CRM cloud-based platform as well as implemented a new hosted desktop environment with MS Office and MS Exchange, including migration of all documents, email accounts and calendars.

Knowledge Management

Running alongside Legaltech New York last week (2 February) was White & Case’s private knowledge management session, which is turning out to be one of the hottest legal invites in town. Here is our review:

Case study

North West UK corporate and commercial law firm Brabners is said to be reaping the rewards of an ambitious technology training programme, aligned to the LTC4 core competency framework. LTC4 is the Legal Technology Core Competency Certification Coalition whose mission is to set the global standard for legal technology proficiency. Brabners engaged iTrain Direct to assist with its skills development programme.


The full agenda and timings for Glenlegal on 1-3 March are now available on the website with speakers from Microsoft, Barclays, Juniper Networks, Accenture, Invoke Capital (Mr Mike Lynch) and Volume Global.

HotDocs has announced that Dave Coplin, author and technology visionary, will deliver the keynote address at the HotDocs User Group (HUG) in June 2017.

Prosperoware has announced its 2nd Annual Praxis, The Umbria Conference, will be held at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort in Orlando, March 7-9th.


Key Trends in Consulting Industry Knowledge Management from V Mary Abraham at AboveAndBeyondKM –

19 Additions To My List of Legal Startups from Bob Ambrogi at LawSites –


29% of global organisations will be changing their structure or strategy, a survey of senior in-house lawyers by Acritas has found –

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