SaaS Up Your Data Collection

Cloud collections for eDiscovery

Back in the early days of eDiscovery, collecting Electronically Stored Information (ESI) from computers in a defensible manner could be quite costly. Forensic technicians charged $500/hour, and often traveled to many different locations to harvest the responsive data.

In 2013, on-site collections for electronic evidence aren’t usually necessary. A Software as a Service (SaaS) data collection bypasses expensive specialists and travel costs. Cloud collection pulls data remotely in a sound and defensible manner for a much more affordable price.

Preserve your data integrity

Simply by copying or moving a file, you can alter crucial information. Increasingly, courts are expecting unaltered electronic evidence to be produced. SaaS data collection prevents inadvertent file alteration. Avoid spoliation claims, sanctions, and adverse judgments with forensically sound remote data collection.

In addition to lowering your risk of benchslaps, remote data collection allows filtering by file types. SaaS filtration and de-duping in the collection stage of your discovery project defensibly decreases the cost and size of your eDiscovery work. Filtering also minimizes your risk of accidentally producing privileged information.

The right tool for the eDiscovery job

Cloud data collection takes some of the pressure off your IT department. SaaS means there is no installation, administration or maintenance of software or hardware adding to the IT workload. Also, while your internal IT department does an excellent job of meeting your company’s technology needs, collection in compliance with Justice Department practices is most likely outside the scope of their expertise.

Just as your IT department probably doesn’t know much about defensible data collection, IT backup programs weren’t designed to defensibly collect evidence. Employing backup technologies to collect your data is like using a slotted spoon to ladle soup – it takes forever and much of the data remains uncollected. A cloud-based eDiscovery collection tool provides time- and cost-efficient results.

Conducting a SaaS collection doesn’t require a degree in computer science. A data collection software wizard guides you through the process. It’s easier than a mail merge!

Anywhere, anytime, any device

Cloud equals convenience. A SaaS collection tool pulls data from laptops, desktops, servers, network shares, virtual machines and cloud servers. Collections can be performed at any time from anywhere in the world.

You have complete control over your data collection. Although your data custodian has the option of suggesting responsive files, you and your legal team make the ultimate decision about what data is pulled. Perform collections from any device with a web-browser. If you have a minute on the train, check your collection status from your smart phone or tablet.

Your data collection is accessible to you and your team by any device, but not to anyone else. We understand that your confidential information must remain just that. Your data is encrypted and stored in tamper evident containers. You can further increase your security by choosing strong passwords, changing them frequently, and disabling wireless and Bluetooth when not in use.

So, go ahead, miss the Nineties because music was better and retirement funds were flush. But don’t cling to outdated and expensive data collection methods. Maximize cost savings, time savings and your productivity with SaaS collection.

Call us at 1-855-WAR-ROOM to find out which cloud data collection method best meets your needs.

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