In the wake of increasing governmental regulations and ever increasing law suits, it’s becoming increasingly important to ensure IT departments are directly linked to the current and pending needs of the legal departments.
In today’s enterprise, more than 90% of all corporate data is created electronically. One of the most important issues in litigation is how to find and access the data when it is requested and ensure its admissibility in court.
Here are some of the top questions both IT managers and general counsel should consider for making the evidence collection process easier for all parties:
Millions of dollars have been won and lost due to a simple email that wasn’t properly collected. By having a plan in place from inception, that aligns with IT processes with the legal departments’ needs, today’s enterprises can alleviate a lot of the headaches when they are required to collect the hundreds of gigabytes (or terabytes) of data associated with a discovery request.
Answering these questions is the first step to understanding the internal needs of a company and ensuring the IT/Legal connection is intact for proper response.
Mary Mack is an attorney with more than 23 years experience. As the director of Sales Engineering for Fios, provider of electronic discovery services, she helps customers define the scope of projects so they can effectively implement electronic discovery. Formerly a director with Data Recovery Services, Mack is certified in forensics tools.