Book review: information security for lawyers


5 Responses to “Book review: information security for lawyers”

  1. lafave says:

    Is there any content in the book that is not available for free on the web?

    I mean  – to justify the $80. And what makes it specifically for lawyers?

    • oneswellfoop says:

      You can tell it’s for lawyers because it’s prohibitively priced for anyone else.  Just because you might one day use the information in the book to make, or preserve your ability to make, money, it gets priced at four times the amount it would be if it were published to almost any other market.
      I’m in law school and anything at all that might inform you, improve you skills, or possibly result in some benefit gets priced insanely high.  As someone that works two jobs to pay to go to law school at night and is barely squeeking by, this is f’ing retarded and makes me want to consider alternate means of obtaining the book.

      For those of you thinking “Oh, poor him, he’s going to be a lawyer and make lots of money with that knowledge, he can pay for it now.”  I’m doing law school this way so that I won’t graduate $250,000.00 in debt.  Pricing educational books as high as they are is a contributing factor to the obscene cost of higher education and prohibitive loan debt that many graduates face. Most of the problem lies with the universities themselves, but the providers of educational material make sure they get their large bite of the action too.

  2. Jeremy Forrest says:

    I imagine the content is geared specifically toward lawyers, keeping in mind that they have a fiduciary duty to their clients to keep all information private (even the fact that a person may have retained an attorney is confidential information).  The $80 pricetag is cheap compared to most other legal publications.

    Unfortunately, many attorneys really don’t understand the importance of data security, treating email as more sophisticated version of faxes.  One bar association leader recently told a room full of other lawyers the benefits of using Dropbox as a means to bring their law firms into the cloud cheaply.

    • Austin Williamson says:

       Oh, the stupid, it burns!

      … You know, information security isn’t hard to do at all. Want cloud? RetroShare. Want easy, yet secure SMS? TextSecure. Encrypted phone call? Twinkle or any number of free ZRTP clients.

      Oh, the stupi-

  3. Anonymous says:

    I remember trying to explain to an attorney’s  receptionist what “cross talk” is, and why it’s not good to have it on your telephone . . . shortly after she had put me on hold. I could hear the conversation that was going on, on the other line.

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