But Wait... There's More - Spending on Security

By Joanne Kiley posted 06-22-2017 18:08


Last week members discussed budgeting for security and more. Jump to the “Something Extra” section tips on finding just the right sessions for you at ILTACON. Explore curated sources on these topics including some from ILTA’s treasure chest.

Spending on Security

We all know we need to invest in security. How do we find the balance of sufficient security without exceeding the budget? How do we know what to propose for a reasonable budget amount? Skip Lohmeyer, ILTA Board Member and Treasurer, spoke at the LegalSEC Summit this month. He provided a terrific spreadsheet for prioritizing security spending in “Budgeting and Prioritizing: A Decision Matrix to Meet Security Needs.” At the LegalSEC Summit Brian Donato spoke on “Money Well Spent: Where to Stack Your Security Dollars When Building Your Security Stack.” His slide deck shows where to begin with security, security basics you must invest in and the advanced security options he calls “the evolution.” Though from ILTACON 2015, the session “A Rich Security Program Built on a Dime” has many helpful resources and templates for a cost conscious security program. An ILTA white paper article, “Risky Business: Life in Legal” analyzes the results of a legal security survey. Go to page 29 to read about law firm security investment trends. How does your firm compare? If you were considering hiring a security expert, get started right away because there is a “Scarcity of Cybersecurity Experts” according to Jeff Multz of SecureWorks in his recent Peer to Peer article.


ILTACON 2017 is 51 days, 6 hours, 52 minutes and 23 seconds away as I type. It’s never too soon to make your list of must attend sessions and back-up plans.  Try using the ILTACON Session Search. You can select an Area of Focus like “knowledge management” to find all sessions on this topic. Or you can enter a keyword to search the descriptions. Try searching artificial intelligence without quotes in the Session Description field to find more great sessions to attend.

As ILTA’s content curator, I’m always monitoring the discussion forums to discover what topics are top-of-mind among the members. Each week, I focus on a few areas that spark your interest, and I provide some curated resources to assist your own information-gathering on the topics. If there are specific topics you would like assistance exploring, please contact me at