Technology and Security for Lawyers and Other Professionals

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Technology and Security for Lawyers and Other Professionals

The Basics and Beyond

9781803923925 Edward Elgar Publishing
Dr W. Kuan Hon, Of Counsel, Dentons, UK; Editor, Encyclopedia of Data Protection and Privacy
Publication Date: June 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80392 392 5 Extent: c 496 pp
Technology proficiency is now a necessity for most professionals. In this very practical book, W. Kuan Hon presents a comprehensive foundational guide to technology and cybersecurity for lawyers and other non-technologists seeking a solid grounding in key tech topics. Adopting a multidisciplinary approach, elucidating the high-level basics then going a step beyond, Hon clearly explains core technical computing subjects: hardware/software, computing models/APIs, data storage/databases, programming, networking including Internet/web, email and mobile, and AI/machine learning including LLMs, detailing cybersecurity essentials and flagging various security/privacy-related issues throughout.

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Technology proficiency is now a necessity for most professionals. In this very practical book, W. Kuan Hon presents a comprehensive foundational guide to technology and cybersecurity for lawyers and other non-technologists seeking a solid grounding in key tech topics. Adopting a multidisciplinary approach that elucidates the high-level basics then goes a step beyond, Hon clearly explains core technical computing subjects: hardware/software, computing models/APIs, data storage/databases, programming, networking including Internet/web, email and mobile, and artificial intelligence/machine learning including LLMs, detailing cybersecurity essentials like encryption/hashing, public key infrastructure, digital signatures and PETs and flagging various security/privacy-related aspects throughout. Concrete examples help to consolidate understanding and illustrate the practical issues.

Key Features:
● Direct, engaging writing style
● Concise, accessible explanations of key computing-related concepts
● Highlights fines/legal action regarding specific security/tech-related issues
● Companion PDF contains several ‘try-it-yourself’ illustrations and further information
● Provides an excellent framework for interpreting and applying laws/regulations on technology/communications, privacy/data protection, security and/or AI/ML

This book is an indispensable learning and reference work for professionals practising in technology/communications, privacy/security and/or data laws and compliance, offering an in-depth grounding in technology fundamentals and key practical issues. Analysts/consultants, compliance managers, policymakers/lawmakers and regulators/judges will also benefit from this book.
Critical Acclaim
‘Kuan’s encyclopedic knowledge of all things legal and technological never failed to impress me. I would challenge anyone to find a lawyer as conversant in technology and data privacy as Kuan. . . . If technology leaves you baffled, then don’t worry – that’s what this book is for. And if, like me, you have a greater understanding of technology, I can promise you this book will prove an invaluable reference.’
– Phil Lee, Managing Director, Digiphile, UK

‘Once in a while, I come across a book I choose to keep as a reference. Such is the case with Dr. Hon’s book. Her aim to provide non-IT experts a grounding in IT/ICT concepts is overwhelmingly met with an exceptional breadth and depth of information that guides us through the complex world of information technology.’
– Chantal Bernier, Co-Lead, Dentons Global Privacy and Cybersecurity Group, Co-directrice, Groupe mondial sur la vie privée et la cybersécurité and former Commissioner at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

‘Dr Kuan Hon has achieved a unique goal: she managed to explain complicated technical notions in simple language, accessible by legal scholars at all levels, from lawyers to judges and law students. A must read for everyone interested in law and technology!’
– Eleni Kosta, Professor of Technology Law and Human Rights, Tilburg University, the Netherlands

‘Dr W. Kuan Hon has a knack for distilling technical knowledge into simple and concise information. She has done it again in this comprehensive and accessible book on fundamental IT/ICT concepts, which even includes chapters on artificial intelligence and machine learning. This book is a valuable resource for lawyers and laypersons, as well as IT experts learning how to explain technical concepts in easily understandable language.’
– Darren Grayson Chng, Regional Data Protection Director, APAC & MEA, Electrolux and Asia Advisory Board Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals
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