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3 Ways the Cloud is Changing eDiscovery

3 Ways the Cloud is Changing eDiscovery

A recent InsideCounsel webinar titled Cloud E-Discovery: Solving the Right Problems with a Modern Approach  raised some though-provoking ideas about the cloud and it’ effect on eDiscovery.

The session, which counted a well-balanced panel representing corporate legal operations, legal technologists and cloud vendors, presented both challenges and opportunities for eDiscovery in the cloud.

The presentation – which included an interesting debate on the impact of data forensics – put forth a range of ideas including these three we found to be noteworthy:

1. Another data source for eDiscovery?  One panelist noted that most lawyers see the cloud as just one more data source for eDiscovery – another “headache.”  Yet he also pointed out that if an enterprise hosts its data in the cloud, eDiscovery tools can be hosted right alongside that data which may simplify the process.

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2. Placing legal holds in the cloud.  Hosting data may provide certain advantages when it comes to holds and collections.  The panel used mobile devices, with automatic cloud backup as an example noting it’s far easier to place a hold on data that is replicated in the cloud than it is to “pry” devices from a 100 employees who are geographically disbursed.

3.  Law firms as a point of IT weakness.  Law firms are about to be “bombarded” with messages that law firms represent the weakest technology link or the soft underbelly of corporate America.  The panel seemed to generally agree that the cloud makes it possible to achieve a level of security that few firms could achieve independently.

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A notice at the end of the webinar indicated the session was recorded and available for viewing on demand after the event has ended.  It ran about an hour long.

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About Frank Strong

Frank Strong
Frank Strong is the communications director for the LexisNexis software division located on NC State’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh. In this capacity, he leads communications efforts in support of software products for law practice and law department management and also litigation tools – across large law, small law and corporate counsel segments. With more than 15 years of experience in the high-tech sector, Strong previously served as director of public relations for Vocus, which developed marketing, PR and media monitoring software. He has held multiple roles both in-house with corporations, ranging from startups to global organizations, and has also endured the rigors of billable hours, having completed gigs at PR firms including the top 10 global firm Hill & Knowlton. A veteran of two year-long deployments, Strong has concurrently served in uniform in reserve components of the military for more than 20 years, initially as an enlisted Marine and later as an infantry officer in the Army National Guard. Strong holds a BA in Film and TV production from Worcester State University, an M.A. in Public Communication from American University, and an M.B.A. from Marymount University. He is a PADI-certified Master Scuba Diver and holds a USPA "B" skydiving license.
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