Travel back in time to 2010. What was appended to your hand back then? A BlackBerry? Perhaps the least anticipated change in legal is the decline in usage – to nearly zero – of the BlackBerry smartphone. I was rarely separated from my CrackBerry. It changed everything. Always connected.
Here’s my take on five changes in legal tech in the last decade. One caveat, I work mainly with documents, email, mobility, and security. Therefore, I see just a sliver of legal tech. You surely have seen others.
1. BlackBerry ⬇️…iPhone #1
In 2011, 40% of attorneys responding to the ABA Tech Survey used BlackBerries.
LOL. I am by no means caught up. I’ve got to-do lists and piles of
sorted business cards. Plenty of follow-up yet to go. How about you?
If you were there, wasn’t ILTACON fantastic this year?
A View from a Booth
2019 was the first year of Joy. Not only do I mean the first year of
ILTA’s vibrant new CEO, Joy Heath Rush, but the first year that ILTA
felt truly back on-track.
ILTACON 2019 broke all attendance
records, at over 3,500 legal techies comprised of over 1,800 members and
1,700 business partners. Over 800 members were first-timers, which is
fantastic. I can imagine that some of the booth locations were poor at
the Dolphin. We were fortunate to have good traffic and terrific
interest in our LINK app.
We’ve been a NetDocuments partner for years. Recently, with Leonard Johnson heading up their partner ecosystem, NetDocuments have formalized their NetDocuments ISV Partner Program. We have used their REST APIs to give NetDocuments users access to their documents and their email in the same encrypted container app, LINK. NetDocuments is committed to the platform approach wherein both Independent Software Vendors and NetDocuments customers can develop solutions for optimizing their workflows using the REST APIs.
It’s easy to review, compare, annotate, file, and email documents all within our LINK app. LINK also offers a managed integration with the Microsoft Office apps for editing on an iPad or smartphone.
For easy and secure document review, we have integrated our own document viewer in our LINK app. When you tap on a document name in LINK, it automatically opens in the LINK document viewer. LINK renders all documents as a PDF for high fidelity to the original. If there are Tracked Changes or redlines in the document, they are rendered as well. Or, you can elect to accept them and view a clean copy of the document.
We are back from a busier than ever ILTA LegalSEC Summit. People attend LegalSEC to genuinely learn how they can keep their law firms protected. This is no easy feat because cybersecurity is a moving target. While Big Law firms participate, there is great value for small and medium sized firms where there might not be a CISO. The Director of IT or network engineer might be the security department. The two or three days at LegalSEC are packed with information.
This year the well-received keynote by William R. Evanina, Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, was recorded. Another popular session was “Leverage These Free Resources to Up Your Security and Governance Game.” Both of these and several other LegalSEC 2019 sessions can be heard at no cost by ILTA members, here.
Heads up, save the date. Next year’s LegalSEC Summit 2020 will be June 1-3 and the location…San Antonio at the Marriott Riverwalk. If you have visited the Riverwalk you know that this is a fantastic location. Hope to see you there.
and we are a sponsor again this year. We will be at Table number one showing LINK’s latest mobile DLP features.
Stop by to say hi and to see a LINK demo. Our LINK app’s encryption,
containerization, and authentication provide strong security for your
documents and data. Now LINK offers key word and metadata filtering,
recipient checking, and restriction on emailing files from classified
LegalSEC Summit 2019 is designed for technology professionals at every level who manage security, information governance and data privacy tech projects and initiatives in support of the practice of law. This exciting two-day Summit offers premier learning and a connected networking environment to focus on information security challenges faced by the legal industry.