In-House Review Favored by Majority of E-Discovery Professionals
54 percent of e-discovery professionals conduct review of ESI in-house
PASADENA, Calif. -- February 4, 2014
In-house review is favored by the majority of e-discovery professionals,
according to a survey conducted by Guidance Software (NASDAQ:GUID), the World
Leader in Digital Investigations™. Survey findings also revealed practices on
BYOD and cloud considerations of legal teams and other professionals
conducting e-discovery at organizations in a variety of industries.
Of the 123 respondents to the survey, more than half conduct e-discovery
review in-house and rely on in-house review to reduce costs. The survey
results also point to the growing diversity of devices and repositories that
must be considered for any comprehensive e-discovery effort, including the
myriad consumer devices and cloud repositories now used to store documents and
information that is potentially relevant to a legal matter. These findings
conclude that a majority of organizations now allow employees to use personal
devices to conduct their jobs, and the need for collecting information from
cloud repositories is increasingly important to corporate counsel.
Highlights of the survey results include:
*In-house review favored for cost reduction: According to 54 percent of
respondents, review of culled information is now conducted in-house for
more than half of the matters they process. As corporations and government
organizations have gained a better understanding of the significant cost
benefits that e-discovery solutions can deliver, a growing number of
in-house legal teams are taking advantage of the cost savings and control
afforded by bringing e-discovery review in-house instead of using external
law firms or review services.
*BYOD use reaches well beyond majority: When asked, “Are you currently
deploying BYOD in your organization?” 65 percent of respondents replied
yes. Bring your own device (BYOD) programs allow employees to use their
own phones / smart phones, tablets and laptops to conduct business,
co-mingling personal and business information. Organizations must now have
policies and processes in place to cull data from the growing number and
types of devices in use, and update their security protocols to manage the
increased breach risks introduced by BYOD policies.
*Cloud repositories gaining a foothold: Forty percent of respondents
claimed that they will have a business need either now or within the next
year for collecting from cloud repositories such as Box or Google Drive.
Cloud repositories have grown in popularity for both individual and
corporate use and add to the complexity of ensuring a thorough e-discovery
“The e-discovery industry continues to evolve, with a growing number of
sources for potentially relevant data bringing further complexity to the
process,” said Alex Andrianopoulos, vice president of Marketing. “Guidance
Software maintains a relentless focus on fine-tuning our EnCase eDiscovery
product to deliver a cost-effective solution to corporate e-discovery teams,
extending our product leadership in terms of connectivity to all device types
and integration with multiple cloud repositories.”
About Guidance Software, Inc.
Guidance Software is recognized worldwide as the industry leader in digital
investigative solutions. Its EnCase® Enterprise platform, deployed on over 20
million endpoints, is used by numerous government agencies, more than 65
percent of the Fortune 100, and more than 40 percent of the Fortune 500, to
conduct digital investigations of servers, laptops, desktops and mobile
devices. Built on the EnCase Enterprise platform are market-leading electronic
discovery and cyber security solutions, EnCase® eDiscovery, EnCase®
Cybersecurity, and EnCase® Analytics. They empower organizations to respond to
litigation discovery requests, perform sensitive data discovery for compliance
purposes, conduct speedy and thorough security incident response, and reveal
previously hidden advanced persistent threats or malicious insider activity.
For more information about Guidance Software, visit www.encase.com.
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Brigitte Engel, 626-229-9191
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