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Issue #2 | August 6th, 2015

Greetings Colleagues and Friends,

We hope you are enjoying your summer! KT Designs has been busy working but we wanted to take a moment to share our exciting news and some important tips and tricks with you. Feel free to share this newsletter with your colleagues and friends and, if you have comments or suggestions, we would very much like to hear from you.

Your continued support and patronage is our motivation. Thank you for your continued confidence in us!

Remember: It's never too early to discuss strategy, no matter where you are in the litigation process. Call us today to schedule your free initial consultation on your upcoming litigation.

Kristin Thomas
Owner, KT Designs
202.554.0272
kt@kt-designs.org

   


In this edition:

  • Announcing the opening of our new office in Nashville, TN
  • Announcing our increased presence in the cyber-security space
  • Tips and Tricks:
    • Thinking like an Advanced Persistent Treat
    • Preparing Your Witness



KT Designs Opening an Office in the Nashville, TN Metro Area

KT Designs is excited to announce the opening of its Tennessee office! The office, set to officially open on October 1st, 2015, will be located in the Nashville metro area and will offer all of the same services as the Washington D.C. branch. These services include litigation graphics, trial consulting, jury consulting, cyber-security consulting, expert witness testimony, trial technology, information design, photography and corporate identity branding. More information about the new office, including contact information, will be announced as it becomes available.




KT Designs Increases Professional Presence in Cyber-security Space

Technology and the online environment have changed the way we do everything and the legal industry is no exception. As we continue to migrate to operating in this new cyber-environment, enormous risks are being overlooked. Just a glance at the headlines can provide an eye-opening and disconcerting experience:

  1. China unofficially identified as the Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) responsible for the OPM Data Breach (https://www.opm.gov/cybersecurity/). This APT resided on government systems for over a year before being discovered.
  2. On Monday, July 6, 2015, China and Russia were identified as responsible for breaching an Italian entity called Hacking Team. Hacking Team clients include the US Department of Defense, FBI, DEA, United Airlines, NYSE and the Wall Street Journal. The 400 GB of data stolen includes cloud data storage links to 40 TERABYTES of information that can be accessed via zero-day exploits. These exploits are now in the wild for any hacker to see and use. (http://www.macworld.com/article/2944712/hacking-team-hack-reveals-why-you-shouldnt-jailbreak-your-iphone.html)
  3. On Tuesday night, July 7th, 2015, hacking group Anonymous tweeted a warning about the NYSE (https://twitter.com/YourAnonNews/status/618626955433349120). That Wednesday, less than 2 days after disclosing the Hacking Team data breach, the NYSE, United Airlines and Wall Street Journal experienced "technical glitches". (http://abcnews.go.com/US/questions-linger-nyse-united-wsj-glitches/story?id=32323213)
  4. Coinciding with the aforementioned cyber incidents, third generation German Patriot Missile batteries interconnected via 'secure Internet connection' were hacked and tracking commercial air traffic over territories from Turkey to Poland. These Patriot missile batteries were exploited via the same means as the three 'zero-day' exploits that Hacking Team used to dive into laptops, tablets, smart phones, servers, cloud storage and enterprise networks without detection. (http://rt.com/news/272275-german-patriot-missiles-hackers/)

These incidents are just a very small fraction of the cyber-landscape we are operating in and the importance of security in information cannot be understated.

Cyber-security is an issue we are passionate about. Given the sensitive nature of our work in litigation, KT Designs has quickly adopted a robust cyber-posture and partnered with uniquely qualified cyber-security specialists in order to shore up our own interests and those of our clients. We have also begun expanding our services to provide this same level of security within the legal industry.

Contact us to find out how we can augment and strengthen your security posture today.




Tips and Tricks...

Thinking like an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT)

One of the most damaging threats to a company today is also the most often overlooked. APTs are responsible for most of the recent headline-grabbing data breaches, from Target and Sony to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). It is no longer a question of whether you have experienced a data breach at your company but a matter of "Is it still in your system and how bad is the breach?"

One of the best ways to combat a threat is to think like they think. KENOS Technologies, in conjunction with our crack team of graphic artists well versed in the issues of cyber-security and cyber-warfare, created a slide presentation discussing what APTs are, modes and methods utilized (i.e. the Target breach of December of 2013) and how to think like an APT. It is a must read for anyone concerned about cyber-security or interested in the subject. You may find a PDF version of the presentation here.




Tips and Tricks...

Preparing Your Witness

While most focus on content when preparing a witness for taking the stand, the psychological and physiological needs of witnesses are often overlooked. Questions, answers and document review are important in the weeks leading up to trial, however, there are final preparation of witnesses should include getting the best testimony possible from your witness.

  • A well-rested witness:
    • Make sure your witness gets a full night's sleep prior to taking the witness stand.
  • Mealtimes:
    • Make sure your witness doesn't skip mealtimes the evening before and the day of their taking the stand.
  • The Last Minute Reminders:
    • These reminders should be general advice such as "keep answers pithy; lawyers will ask you to elaborate."
    • Answer the question asked. Anything else will be viewed as evasive.
    • If you don't know the answer, say so.
    • Be polite and stay calm, no matter how adversarial the attorney.



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