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Law Firms: The Weak Link In Cyber Defense?


With this program you will receive free access to the Cyber and Law Firms: Defeating Hackers, Winning Clients Survey provided by ALM Intelligence
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Approved for CLE credit in: AK,AZ,CA,CT,MO,ND,NJ,NY,VT,WV

What are the unique cyber threats facing law firms today? How are law firms addressing and enhancing their internal cybersecurity programs. Case study of law firms that have been hacked and how they recovered.

This program was recorded on September 27th, 2016 as part of ALM CyberSecure.

Provided By: CyberSecure

11:05 AM - 12:05 PM
  • Small and Medium-Sized Business
  • Client Assessments
  • 72 Days of Ransomware
  • Incident Response (IR) Maturation
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: September 27th, 2016

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This program is has been approved for credit in AK,AZ,CA,CT,MO,ND,NJ,NY,VT,WV

Experienced attorneys only (non-transitional)

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Panelist Biographies

Justin Hectus

Chief Information Officer & Chief Information Security Officer
Keesal, Young & Logan

Justin Hectus, two-time International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) Distinguished Peer Award winner, is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of Keesal, Young & Logan (KYL). Justin’s dual role incorporates development and execution of the firm’s strategic technology vision and leadership of initiatives focused on managing risks for the firm and its clients.

Within the firm’s Cyber Risk Management Practice, Justin actively manages external strategic partnerships and coordinates risk assessments, third-party vendor risk management and development of policy, procedure and training.

Justin’s professional background at KYL includes a wide range of experience at the leading edge of information technology and its application in law firms and he is extensively involved in the management and oversight of the firm’s value pricing, human resources, business development and eDiscovery initiatives.

Justin has been a featured speaker at ILTA, LegalTech, CIO, ComputerWorld and other national conferences, and his work has been highlighted in dozens of case studies and publications including Network World, Inc. Magazine, Legaltech News and Fast Company. Justin is a published author and has penned articles covering a wide range of topics including cybersecurity, knowledge management, mobility, electronic billing, vendor management, instilling a culture of learning and arts and entertainment. He served on the Board of Editors for American Lawyer Media’s (ALM) Legal Tech Newsletter from 2007 to 2016 and began serving on the Board of Editors for ALM’s Cybersecurity Law & Strategy in 2016.

In 2014, Justin was recognized as ILTA’s “IT Professional of the Year” and he was ILTA’s “User Support Services Champion” in 2011. He was also the project lead on development of a self-service mobile application delivery system, a full five years before Apple’s App Store went online. Justin’s efforts on that project helped KYL become the first law firm named to the InfoWorld 100 in 2003.

Justin is involved in supporting the development and effective use of standards in the legal industry and he is currently on the international Board of Directors of the Legal Technology Core Competencies Certification Coalition (LTC4). He has also been a voting member of the international Legal Electronic Data Exchange Standards Oversight Committee (LOC) since 2004, and he served on the LOC Board of Directors in 2006 and 2007.

Justin attended California State University at Long Beach, where he spent more time promoting live music than he did in class. Since that time he has produced over 100 concerts, including the award-winning Summer and Music (SAM) series, which has presented free concerts with the Downtown Long Beach Alliance to audiences totaling more than 180,000 Southern Californians since 2009. In 2016, a short film was commissioned on the SAM series.

In addition to volunteering in that capacity, Justin has 16 years of nonprofit board leadership experience. He was the proud recipient of the James H. Ackerman Arts Philanthropy Award (2013) for his service to the community, and he earned a spot in the Long Beach Post’s inaugural “40 under 40” listing (2012) for his work shaping the city’s arts scene. Justin was also one of three Arts Activists to share a ranking in the Long Beach Post’s list of the “Ten Most Powerful People in Long Beach” (2008). Currently, Justin is focusing his efforts on causes related to sustainable urban agriculture. In that spirit he joined the Board of Directors of Long Beach Local, a 501(c)3 nonprofit which runs a one-acre farm in the heart of Long Beach and provides training for young farmers and education covering the value of biodynamic food and urban farming.

In his current role as CIO/CISO, Justin advises KYL’s clients and attorneys on the opportunities and challenges associated with a rapidly changing technology ecosystem.

Kevin Morrison

Head of Information Security
Jones Day

Kevin Morrison is the Associate Director and Head of Information Security for Jones Day, one of the oldest and largest law firms in the world with nearly 2,500 lawyers in 44 offices in 20 countries. His background spans more than 18 years in IT with over 12 of them in Information and Cyber Security. Kevin’s passion for people and security has included building and leading teams focused on incident management, operations, DLP, mobility, forensics, policy, privacy, and business continuity in highly regulated environments with PCI, HIPAA, GLBA, SSAE16, and FISMA compliance requirements across public and private industries.

Kevin has presented extensively within the IT and Security community and has served on several advisory boards. In March 2015, he was selected as the ISE? Southeast People's Choice Award Winner. He holds a B.S. in IT from UMass Lowell, and an MBA from Pacific Lutheran University in the Seattle area, while maintaining active CISSP, CISM, and CISA certifications.

Kermit Wallace

Chief Information Officer
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

With over 25 years of experience, Kermit prides himself on “making the technology disappear” as a support tool so that the business can focus on mission-critical work and flourish. He is active in the Legal Information Technology and e-Discovery/Litigation Support communities and has been a speaker at events including the annual LegalTech and International Legal Technology Association conferences.

Kermit has served in technical, management and leadership positions in the New York City Board of Education, a major Fortune 500 software company, one of the top brokerage/financial services firms in the world, a top international AMLAW 100 law firm, and most recently in the national law firm Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.

Richard A. Shutts

Chief Information Officer
Harris Beach PLLC

Mr. Shutts is chief information officer for Harris Beach, and also a member of the Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group and the firm’s e-discovery (e-info?) practice. Mr. Shutts is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control and provides consulting on cybersecurity and recovery planning. He also provides security awareness education and training and assists organizations with developing business continuity and incident response plans. He received the National Law Journal’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Trailblazers award. In his e-discovery role, he oversees the IT professionals who provide litigation and e-discovery support of the team.

As the firm’s CIO, Mr. Shutts establishes, plans, and administers the overall policies and goals for the information technology and telecommunications departments. Mr. Shutts oversees the analysis of the full range of technology needs of the firm and its practice areas and departments, and establishes priorities for feasibility studies, systems design, and project implementation to develop new or modify existing information processing systems. Mr. Shutts provides management and information technology consulting support in the form of general project management, security and recovery planning, training and support, assessing technology trends, and developing and implementing creative solutions. He also works with outside vendors and companies to design and manage all technology resources for each Harris Beach office. Mr. Shutts has experience with all core information technology business processes including contract negotiation, resource scheduling, procurement, and customer service.

Mr. Shutts has more than 25 years of professional information technology and project management experience. Prior to joining Harris Beach, he held numerous senior-level management positions with two network consulting companies based in Syracuse, New York. While with those companies, he handled large and small scale systems design and implementation, and researched a variety of new technologies including web site design and web site hosting products, application service provider products, virtual private networks, and security products and solutions. Mr. Shutts has provided training, technical support, and consulting services for clients and small to medium-sized businesses and has practical experience in sales and marketing in computer and information technology areas.

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