Technology is fundamental to business, so it is not a surprise that cyber-attacks, data breaches and unplanned IT outages remain the top threats to business according to research released by the BSI and the Business Continuity Institute.
Security and compliance. These two words probably can’t be stressed enough when it comes to your company’s records and sensitive data. As a business with thousands of paper and electronic records, you probably think about these every day.
- Are our records secure?
- How do they comply with pertinent regulations?
- >Which regulations do they even need to comply with?
These questions are common, and easily answerable.
Imagine a large organization with rows and rows of filing cabinets lining the walls. Now, imagine a small HR department trying to manage all these employee documents while also responding to frequent internal and external audit requests (often at the same time). Sounds exhausting, right?
Unfortunately, it’s not all that uncommon.
Mode5: Use It, Don't Lose It! Section 179 and Deductions for Office Equipment Purchases By The End of The Year
Are you worried that the broken printer that has been slowly dying and hanging on for dear life for the past 6 months, won’t be replaced until next year? Well, put away your office equipment smashing bat; we have some news for you!
Halloween may be a time for ghoulish tricks from ghosts and goblins, however the last thing you want is to find out that you or staff has been tricked by the worst kind of trickster: a scammer. Here are five quick tips on how you can keep your network and your business safe this Halloween.
Relocating your business can be stressful. The more time invested in preparation and planning, the more successful your office move will be. Our friends at Interstate has some great tips on how to make your office move less stressful!
We are excited to announce that the four Virginia chapters of ALA have partnered with Virginia Lawyers Weekly to assist with their new bi-monthly section dedicated to legal administrators.
We would like to thank everyone who joined us last night at Captain Pell’s for the crab feast. We had a great turnout, and we raised a significant amount of school supplies and monetary donations for Fairfax Law Foundation!
You have heard it many times: failure to plan means planning to fail. Depositions sometimes offer a poignant example of this maxim. Many lawyers schedule a deposition and do nothing more than notify their client of when and where to appear. Others give short shrift to the preparation process, advising the client to arrive 30 minutes early on the day of the deposition. Minimizing the importance of deposition preparation adds to your client’s nervousness. It can significantly impact the outcome of the case.
Has your organization ever had difficulty locating a record, or locating a specific piece of information within a record? Probably the easiest and most effective way to remedy this common issue is to digitize your paper records. This process of document imaging not only clears up space, which was once occupied by boxes of paper records, by converting them to a digital format, but it can also make locating information throughout multiple documents extremely easy. By allowing for your records to be stored electronically with multiple index fields, locating documents instantly becomes much easier to do than by manually sorting through paper records. Why not make it even easier to locate certain pieces of information, though? The best way to do this is to add an overlay software to your digitized records called Optical Character Recognition (OCR). If you’ve heard of OCR before, it’s probably because you have used it in some common applications, such as Adobe Reader.
For seven years, Zhengquan "Jim" Zhang worked as an IT engineer for KCG Holdings, a Wall Street securities firm, where he managed the source code for the firm's trading platform and algorithms. When news of a potential takeover started to spread, Zhang got nervous, thinking his job could be eliminated. That acquisition was completed last July 20th, three and a half months after FBI agents arrested Zheng, accusing him of stealing more than three million proprietary files, the very files that make up the core of the firm's business.
As part of our long-time strategic alliance with the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA), we're pleased to invite readers of The MPF Weekly to participate in the 2017 ALA Compensation and Benefits Survey, the most comprehensive resource regarding compensation for management and staff positions of US law firms.
The Northern Virginia Chapter is pleased to announce it has added an extra monthly luncheon to the schedule in August.
If you’ve ever had issues with your current records management provider, you’ve probably thought about switching to a different one. In fact, that might be the very reason you’re reading this post right now. Read on for Rover Record's take on switching your records management provider.
Thank you to our members who were able to join us for our May educational luncheon!
On Wednesday, May 18, 2017, three of our members, Benjamin Sotelo, Megan Pfeifle and Saul Isakower attended the Fairfax Bar Association's educational seminar, "The Law Practice Management Boot Camp" at Sensei Enterprises.
It's always a challenge to boil down the stats and takeaways from Verizon's annual Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR). The report is based on data from more than 42,000 security incidents and nearly 2,000 breaches across 84 countries. Sensei Enterprises has summarized some of major highlights.
Planet Depos offers a variety of trial technology services to help you win! Please contact Planet Depos if you are interested in a complementary trial consultation!
Welcome to the new NOVA ALA website!
On Wednesday, April 27, 2017, our business partner, Planet Depos, hosted a Paint Nite in Falls Church, Virginia.