Nine great industry news stories from this week you may have missed.
Working remotely due to COVID-19? Here are some security tips.
Facebook, Google, Twitter and Amazon are just a few of the companies that have implemented work from home as the novel coronavirus outbreak continues to spread. If you find yourself having to work remotely in light of the pandemic (or you already work from home anyway), it's worth learning how you can keep your business secure. From VPNs to security updates, Silicon Republic has listed the top cybersecurity risks.
South Korea is watching quarantined citizens with a smartphone app
With almost 6,300 cases and more than 40 reported deaths, South Korea has become home to the world’s largest coronavirus outbreak outside China. As a result, the government in Seoul has taken what it calls “maximum” action to contain the spread of the disease — including sending thousands of people into mandatory home quarantine. Learn how they're monitoring and tracking citizens on lockdown to ensure they don't become "super spreaders."
How to know if an email is trustworthy
Phishing is the leading cause of all breaches. While Microsoft is succeeding with its cybersecurity partners in defeating phishing attacks (in 2018 alone they blocked 5 billion emails in Office 365), phishers are going to extraordinary lengths to discover new techniques to evade detection and successfully carry out attempts. Learn about the main methods cyber attackers are using and tips on how you can vet your emails before opening them.
Tech is too overwhelming — and some lawyers are too stubborn, readers say
A poll of Law Times readers suggests that the biggest hurdles for implementing technology in firms can be how people feel about change. When asked, “What is the biggest barrier to adopting new legal technology in your firm?” thirty-seven per cent of respondents said that “members of firm complain or refuse to adopt new systems.” Another 29 per cent of responses said that the firm was “overwhelmed by the prospect of transferring data to a new system.” Read the full details of the report here.
Hackers are using Coronavirus maps to infect your computer
If you've been checking on the global COVID-19 map, you're not alone. Several organizations have made dashboards to track the progress of the pandemic, but hackers are finding new ways to use these dashboards to inject malware into computers. One security researcher found that these hackers are able to steal information of users including user names, passwords, credit card numbers and other information stored in their browsers. Click here to learn more.
International Women's Day: Celebrating female leadership and empowerment at Ricoh
Last Sunday, we celebrated International Women's Day 2020. This event was a great opportunity to reflect on the achievements of women, raise awareness against bias and action for equality. Over the years, Ricoh has committed towards achieving a better balance in the representation of women in and across its leadership roles. And while this journey continues to refine and drive change, ongoing initiatives across the organization remain both implicit and explicit. Check out Ricoh Canada's blog to learn how you can work towards gender equality in the workplace.
Tim Hortons: Roll up your personal information to win
Tim Hotons has launched its first entirely virtual Roll up the Tim contest. While the coffee chain cited the coronavirus as the main reason for this digital transition, some customers aren't thrilled with the idea of giving up their personal information in order to participate in the beloved Canadian contest. Read the full story on Maclean's.ca.
Can unchaining the billable hour keep Dentons ahead on legal tech?
Dentons has introduced "innovation hour" which allows attorneys to count a certain amount of time on innovation-related activities toward their billable hours. These activities can include anything pertaining to exploring and playing with new legal technology. Read the full interview with Maya Markovich, Chief Growth Officer at Nextlaw Labs, to learn the full details.
Dressing for the Surveillance Age
As cities become ever more packed with cameras that always see, public anonymity could disappear. In this long-form article from The New Yorker, the author explores whether it's possible to go undetected in the new age of surveillance.