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BandL | 13 Apr 2010 | 0 comments

Most of the money spent on electronic discovery today is squandered on reviewing irrelevant documents, according to a white paper recently released by Forensics Consulting Solutions, of Phoenix, Ariz. According to the document authored by Mark G. Walker, Roland J. Bernier III and Barclay Blair, only about 10 percent of all Electronically Stored Information (ESI) collected has value for the purpose for which it was gathered. "Yet," the authors stated, "investigators spend 80 percent of their time and the associated cost on the 90 percent that has no value."

Organizations are spending millions of dollars finding, processing, reviewing, and producing digital information required in lawsuits, the paper said. It noted that one out of five organizations spends more than $10 million annually on litigation--and that doesn't include what's spent on settlements and judgment...

BandL | 07 Apr 2010 | 0 comments

Wherever you turn in the tech space these days it seems that you can't escape the cloud. The idea that the burden information technology has imposed on businesses for years can be sloughed off to some magic realm where a tech genie does one's bidding on demand has a powerful attraction for organizations that feel like hamsters in a run-about cage trying to keep pace with the demands on their IT departments. But in this era of compliance and litigation, the cloud's allure can be a Siren's song.

For example, when a business loads its data into the cloud, it could reside anywhere—in another state or another country. If that business becomes embroiled in a lawsuit and needs to access that data to comply with an electronic discovery order, will the laws in the location where its data is located interfere with compliance?

How about data integrity? Is the business's data comingled with other people's data in the cloud. If it is, what legal...