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-Spencer L. Simons, former Director, O'Quinn Law Library and Associate Professor of Law
The ABA has recently published Law Firm Cybersecurity by Daniel Garrie and Bill Spernow, which is now in the law library's collection (KF318.G37 2017). This book begins with an overview of cybersecurity and the law firm, discussing issues such as law firm vulnerabilities to cyber breaches, ethical violations that could result, and the potential liability for clients because of the breaches. The second chapter provides "Ten Commandments of Cybersecurity" that law firms should implement immediately to prevent a cyber attack. There is a chapter that provides a detailed overview of cyber threats that exist and another chapter provides advice on password management, encryption, firewalls, and perimeter security control. Cryptography, the International Organization for Standardization 27000 series (which cover cybersecurity standards), and framework for improving critical cybersecurity infrastructure are among the other topics covered.
The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) recently
announced the launch of its beta.gpo.gov website,
which will eventually replace the old GPO website launched in 2009. Among other
things, the new site features a mobile-friendly design, access to GPO social
media platforms, and a directory of Federal Depository Libraries.
This follows closely on the February launch of
the beta website govinfo.gov, which will eventually
replace the Federal Digital System (FDSys) as the GPO’s free, searchable
repository of government documents, including regulations, statutes,
legislative documents, and court opinions. For more information about
govinfo.gov and what is available there, see this Q&A.
Looking for a way to compare the states on various
performance measures?One resource that
can help with this is States Perform.This website, from the Council of State Governments, allows users to
compare all 50 states on various measures related to fiscal and economic issues,
education, transportation, energy and environment, public safety and justice, and
health and human services.For instance
you can compare states on their crime rates, renewable energy generation, or
percentage of children who are immunized.You can also view or compare state trends in the data.If you don’t want to compare, you can select
a particular state to view all of its performance measures.Finally, you can create customizable charts
and maps with the data, which can be printed or downloaded in various file
To explore this data and compare the states, visit the States Perform website.