E-Discovery You Can Rely On
Most law firms do not have internal staff, technology and the capability to gather and process large quantities of digital data and determine which of potentially millions of artifacts may be relevant to a case. Our eDiscovery services help to handle the technical and strategic challenges presented by electronic discovery needs or requests. Having Digital Forensics Corp on your team can vastly improve efficiency and reduce costs.
Engage Digital Forensics Corp to better serve your clients:
- Expert Consulting and Best Practices
- Cost Efficient handling of digital evidence
- Quality acquisition of data and processing
- Fast turn-around times including emergency 24-hour services
- Customized relationships to suit your firm’s workflow and preferences
- Professionally documented and certified Forensic Reports, built to support your cases
E-discovery is one of the most important parts of litigation due to the amount of electronically stored information (ESI) involved in most cases. If your e-discovery process is not efficient and thorough, evidence can be lost. Using an e-discovery provider that is able to customize the e-discovery process to your needs is the most important step to ensuring your e-discovery is successful.
At Digital Forensics Corp., we offer comprehensive e-discovery services. We not only support e-discovery collection from standard sources (laptops, desktops, workstations, servers, mobile devices, etc.), but we also provide data collection services from non-standard sources such as “the cloud” (Box, Dropbox, Amazon Web Services S3, Microsoft Office 365, and Google Drive). We also offer Website Preservation Services. Don’t let critical evidence slip through your fingers because your e-discovery doesn’t include every location where potential evidence could be stored.
Stages of the E-Discovery Process
Step 1. Identification
Counsel and client determine where potentially relevant evidence may be stored. The custodians of this evidence are identified. Relevant date ranges are also often identified to ensure that the process of e-discovery does not become overwhelming.
Step 2. Preservation
Preservation is the process of ensuring that data identified as potentially relevant is preserved properly and in a timely manner. This is generally done by notifying custodians that the evidence in their possession must be preserved. A legal hold is often put in place.
Step 3. Collection
This process involves gathering all the potential evidence into one location so that the data can be processed to determine which of its portions actually contain relevant evidence.
Step 4. Processing
This step involves reading the data for review. Evidence is extracted. It is important that this process occurs in a forensically sound manner, including metadata preservation. It is very important that metadata is never altered as this information can often prove the validity and authenticity of evidence. DFC provides de-duplication to eliminate redundant information, as well as advanced “near-duplication” removal. In order to do this, we consolidate similar content to the smallest possible set, significantly cutting time and money spent for review. Oftentimes, we can eliminate up to 50% of email and document repositories, radically optimizing the document review process.
Step 5. Review
This is the most important step in the e-discovery process. We can help you complete extensive, in-depth searching and culling in the most efficiently possible manner. Notably, as much as 90% of collected ESI can be non-responsive (irrelevant). Therefore, in order to ensure that the evidence processed is only the most relevant ESI, we take out irrelevant content programmatically while identifying the content that is the most likely relevant.