Network World's Storage in the Enterprise Newsletter, 02/15/07

Why e-discovery is taking center stage

By Deni Connor

With the advent of new rules in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for the discovery of electronically stored information, nearly every business is faced with putting in software or systems that allow them to search for, recover and analyze information regarding Federal litigation.

A number of companies have surfaced recently to take up the clamor for complying with the FRCP. Among them are Index Engines, Clearwell Systems, Kazeon and SailPoint Technologies.

Is this attention to e-discovery more a matter of hype than a codification of best practices in the legal community? Will we see a rise in the storage community of persons versed in legal issues employees called litigation support specialists? So, thinks Dennis Kennedy, a lawyer specializing in the application of technology to the law. In his blog, Kennedy talks about these professionals, one of whom, SailPoint CEO and President Mark McClain, says exists in most firms.

The litigation support specialist is a person with some legal knowledge and a vast knowledge of IT and the systems affected by the legal discovery process. That person will know the type of people to pull out of the crowd records managers, legal counsel, database administrators to begin the deployment of an e-discovery or any compliance process.

Back to the area of e-discovery itself, last week ClearWell Systems announced a new appliance for e-discovery.

Index Engines and Kazeon both introduced e-discovery appliances and software.

Also, Network World staff writer Jon Brodkin looked into the process of sifting through data and why the endeavor may not be successful.

Sailpoint is taking an interesting approach to e-discovery and auditability. The company is focusing on access control and identity management. Its software, Compliance IQ, looks at the various directories in use in companies and draws from them security profiles that can warn IT of security breaches or bad practices.

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