In this issue:
LITI launches CyLok – the Legal Cybersecurity Readiness Index: Legal IT Insider has been working with industry security experts including Accenture as well as a number of CIOs in order to develop and now soft launch CyLok, an interactive tool that allows contributing firms from across all segments of the market to compare their security setup against industry benchmarks and understand their CyLok cyber-security rating. Our research is on-going and we plan to release a regular report on the benchmark and LITI CyLok Index, with comments from key experts.
Accenture cyber roundtable – out now! Don’t miss the write up of our cybersecurity roundtable, hosted in conjunction with Accenture, where Kelly Bissell, the global head of security at Accenture, laid out some best practices for law firms. Legal IT Insider brought together a handful of high profile CIOs or COOs from firms including Dentons; Baker McKenzie; Clyde & Co; Herbert Smith Freehills and Ashurst to discuss some of the biggest security issues facing the legal industry today, and to get input into the datapoints needed for our LITI CyLok Index.
David Lumsden to take over as Enable CEO: For those with a long legal tech memory, history is just about to repeat itself, when David Lumsden, who was chief executive of RAVN Systems until its acquisition by iManage, takes over as CEO of Enable Business Solutions from founder Liam Flanagan in July. Flanagan, who retains majority ownership, will take on the role of head of business development and innovation.
Elite EMEA sales head Peter Gill to join Converge TS: Thomson Reuters Elite’s EMEA sales head Peter Gill is to join Converge Technology Specialists (Converge TS) as chief commercial officer, we can reveal, as the dedicated legal cloud provider builds up its c-suite in preparation for the next phase of its growth.
Cripps promotes Jo Owen to newly created CIO role: Our congratulations goes out to Jo Owen who has been promoted from operations director to the newly created role of CIO at Cripps, as the Sussex practice carves out a dedicated IT function.
Neota – UK accounting losses are “entirely normal” Neota Logic has filed its UK arm’s unaudited accounts for the financial year ending 31 July 2017, showing accumulated losses of £528,712.
Diversity challenge: Play your (small) part: Lack of diversity is an issue faced by the entire legal sector but within legal technology appears to be getting worse not better, with, for example, the number of female CIOs dropping, not increasing each year. On 10 May Legal IT Insider with help from DLA’s former CIO Daniel Pollick gathered a small, like-minded group of CIOs and vendors to help us frame a diversity initiative and form the beginnings of a support group to help promote and improve diversity across the sector. Here’s how you can help.
Adventures in the Pessimistic DMS Garden: 9 Challenges Security Solutions Must Address – We LOVE this article by Keith Lipman, president and founder of Prosperoware, who looks at the drivers towards need-to-know or pessimistic security and the complete set of requirements and factors that firms need to consider if they care about adoption and compliance.
Fraser Mayfield launches Clio rival matters.cloud: Legal technology specialist Fraser Mayfield has launched a brand new cloud-based matter management solution called www.matters.cloud, which is based on Google Cloud and has data security at its heart.
HighQ – New workflow tools could be transformational: We flagged back in February that HighQ was launching an AI Hub and at its well-attended user conference on 23 May the hub formally went live, but much of the user excitement centred on the new workflow capability being built within HighQ Collaborate iSheets, which has the potential to be transformational.
May Highlights – iManage smashes ConnectLive London: One of the highlights of the London legal tech calendar in May was iManage ConnectLive 2018, where a UK top 30 IT director nicely summed up the mood after the keynote, saying: “Four years ago I’d practically written these guys off but I’m so impressed with what I’m hearing.”
GDPR Day: Our April GDPR readiness survey revealed that 40% of law firms still do not feel ready for an ICO audit now that GDPR has come into force. Surprised? We’re not.
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Our next issue (No #314 – June) will be out on Wednesday 27 June 2018