Nine great industry news stories from this week you may have missed.
Central Health, the second largest health authority in Newfoundland and Labrador, is apologizing after an employee "inappropriately accessed" the health records of 240 patients over a span of two years. On Tuesday, CBC reported that all 240 people who were affected were being called to alert them of the breach. The person involved in the breach is no longer working for the organization.
According to IBM's annual Cost of a Data Breach Report, the average data breach now costs $3.86 million but, in instances where 50 million customer records are involved, "mega" breaches can cost up to $392 million. These costs can include repairing systems and upgrading architectures, investing in new cybersecurity services and cyberforensics, and paying regulatory penalties and settling lawsuits — especially when personally identifiable information (PII) is involved.
Over the past few months, several notable cyberattacks have made the news including the recent Bitcoin scam that hit some of Twitter's top influencers as well as attempted cyberattacks to gain insights on vaccine research through Canada's Communications Security Establishment. According to Elizabeth Rayner of Canadian Lawyer, both events demonstrate the increase of cycberattacks and need for increased cybersecurity. Learn why a remote workforce has enhanced risks of being attacked here.
In the United States, hundreds of law school graduates will sit for the bar exam on Tuesday, but first they will have to smile for the camera. Michigan is among a handful of states conducting online bar exams that use facial recognition software to deter cheating. Learn how the US will be conducting bar exams online and the method's potential bias here.
The fear of advanced technology is as old as technology itself. This notion is especially prevalent in the practice of law. A new expert opinion article from Law.com argues legal AI liberates attorneys from the menial, enabling them to devote more time to developing trial strategy and substantive legal acumen. AI makes attorneys smarter in ways that better suit them for a future practice of law. Learning and employing AI (and, broadly, legal technology) is a skillset that is crucial for lawyers of all experience levels to best serve their clients and keep up with innovative and tech-driven legal teams. Click here to learn how tech can enable smarter decisions and help create the modern lawyer.
Have you ever wondered how deep learning works against cybersecurity threats? A recent blog by Microsoft explains how their machine learning plays a critical role in analyzing and correlating massive amounts of data to detect increasingly evasive threats and build a complete picture of attacks. Microsoft Defender ATP detects malware and malicious activities using various types of signals that span endpoint and network behaviors. Signals are then aggregated and processed by heuristics and machine learning models in the cloud. Get an in-depth walk through of how the solution works here.
An Ontario-based tech company acquired by Google last month has told customers that its smart glasses will no longer work after Friday. North, which started as Thalmic Labs in 2012, has announced they will be "winding down" production of its Focals smart glasses following the acquisition. After today (July 31), the "smart" element of the glasses will be unusable.
Birdwatchers armed with binoculars and fields books can be great at spotting species, but they struggle to identify individuals in a flock. Luckily for them, a new AI tool can do the tricky task for them — and potentially offer new insights into bird behaviors. The Next Web reports the scientists behind the project first trained the AI using labeled images and captive birds. The team says the AI correctly identifies over 90 per cent of the wild species and 87 per cent of the captive ones.
Ryerson University’s legal tech startup incubator is launching Sprint Studio, a free new virtual program for tech entrepreneurs around the world. This fall, the 12-week program will help entrepreneurs “develop their proof of concept into a market-ready product.” It aims to help early-stage startups build innovative legal tech products and validate their business models. Visit Betakit's website to read the full story.