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
W. Kuan Hon, Of Counsel, Dentons, UK and an Editor, Encyclopedia of Data Protection and Privacy
Publication Date: 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80392 392 5 Extent: 622 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 has managed to explain complicated technical notions in simple language, accessible to 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
Contents
Contents:
Foreword xiii
Preface xvi
PART I COMPUTING, HARDWARE/SOFTWARE,
DATA AND PROGRAMMING
1 Computing terminology, computing models and bits
2 Hardware
3 Running programs; software
4 APIs, virtualization, serverless, hardware/software
identification
5 Data storage
6 Programming/coding, software development
PART II SECURITY
7 Security risks and concepts
8 Attack vectors
9 Cryptography; PETs
10 Public key infrastructure; passwords
11 Attack and defence
PART III COMMUNICATIONS
12 Networking and IP addresses
13 Networking/Internet infrastructure and technologies
14 Web, URLs, domains, DNS
15 Webpages, HTTP, cookies and related issues
16 Web security, deep/dark web, Internet control
17 Email
18 Mobile wireless/cellular communications networks
PART IV ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND
MACHINE LEARNING
19 AI/machine learning terminology and paradigms
20 Data science and PETs
21 Machine learning projects
22 Artificial neural networks
23 Artificial intelligence: challenges and risks
Afterword: confluence, convergence, emergence
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