If you sensed that hacking and ransomware attacks spiked during the pandemic, your suspicions were accurate.

A perfect storm of lapses in security, a rise in scripted attacks, and increased professionalized hacking have led to some of the most debilitating and embarrassing cyber attacks to date.

The high-profile Colonial Pipeline debacle led to gasoline hoarding, price-gouging and shortages. But two recent podcasts suggest there are many more attacks that never get reported or reported widely.

Digital Detectives guest Craig Hoffman shares details from the BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report, which asserts ransomware is increasing in frequency and at increasingly higher monetary demands.

Hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek question Hoffman about the report and continuing vulnerabilities, including companies failing to implement security measures and protocols to close well-known risks.

The number one reason hackers succeed? Kennedy-Mighell Report hosts Tom Mighell and Dennis Kennedy point the finger at people. Well, people, plus a slackened focus on security protocols exacerbated by the pandemic. 

With an emphasis on making work possible, security often came second. During the pandemic, firms reported delaying security updates and patches. Plus, fewer than half of lawyers report using encrypted email and files.

Flipping the script on the path to practice

College isn’t for everyone. But it’s unusual to hear about a licensed lawyer in practice who never even obtained a bachelor’s level degree. Yet that’s exactly what solo estate planning lawyer Rachel Allums managed to achieve.

How did she do it? The old-fashioned way, hard work and grit. 

On New Solo, Allums tells host Adriana Linares about her non-traditional path to the bar, starting as a receptionist and a longtime certified paralegal. Allums learned how to practice law and run a practice before learning to think like a lawyer, which she did by reading for the California Bar under the supervision of a mentor. 

Among the keys to Allums’ success is a willingness to look for business outside typical bar circles. She networks in the community, builds partnerships with companies as a preferred provider, and works the Facebook moms groups. 

Looking beyond the bar and networking in different industries and groups is something Legal Toolkit host Jared Correia recommends in his latest podcast too. Rainmaking consultant Jaimie Field joins Correia to talk legal business growth tactics, including exploiting virtual networking opportunities while you still can.

Fifteen justices: Court-packing or court reform?

Court-packing is widely understood to mean increasing the size of the U.S. Supreme Court to change its ideological makeup. 

Yet, many have long argued that limiting the high court to nine justices no longer makes sense from an administrative standpoint. 

Lawyer 2 Lawyer host Craig Williams speaks with Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Professor Tonja Jacobi, about whether increasing the number of justices will make the court institutionally more effective.

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