E-discovery is one of the most important parts of litigation in regards to electronically stored information (ESI). If your e-discovery process is not efficient and thorough, evidence can be lost. Using an e-discovery provider that is able to customize the e-discovery process to your needs is the most important step to ensuring your e-discovery is successful. E-Discovery You Can Rely On At Digital Forensics Corp, we offer comprehensive e-discovery services. We not only support e-discovery collection from standard sources (laptops, desktops, workstations, servers, mobile devices, etc), we can also support collection from non-standard sources like “the cloud” (Box, Dropbox, Amazon Web Services S3, Microsoft Office 365, and Google Drive). We also offer Website Preservation Services. Don’t let critical evidence slip between your fingers because your e-discovery doesn’t include every location that potential evidence could be stored. Stages of the E-Discovery Process Most e-discovery providers offer the 6 main stages of the e-discovery process, dressed in fancy names that make it seem as though they are offering you something special that no one else can offer you. At Digital Forensics Corp, our goal isn’t to dazzle you with fancy names, it is to provide you with simple, easy to understand services that meet your needs. To reach this goal, we offer you all the same steps that over e-discovery providers offer (without the fancy names), as well as services that you legitimately cannot find with other providers. Step 1. Identification This process is generally going to be completed before we begin assisting in the E-Discovery process. You and your lawyer(s) will determine where potentially relevant evidence may be stored. Custodians of this evidence are identified. Relevant date ranges are also often identified, to ensure that the process of e-discovery does not become overwhelming. Step 2. Preservation Preservation is a fairly straightforward process, ensuring that data identified as potentially relevant is preserved. This is generally done by notifying custodians that the evidence that is in their possession must be preserved. Often, a legal hold is put in place. Step 3. Collection This process involves gathering all the potential evidence into one location so that the data can be processed to determine which portions of it actually contain relevant evidence. Step 4. Processing This step in the process involves reading the data for review. Evidence is extracted. It is important that this process occur in a forensically sound manner, including metadata preservation. It is very important that metadata is never altered, as this information can often prove the validity and authenticity of evidence. As many other e-discovery providers do, we provide de-duplication to eliminate redundant information. Unlike other e-discovery providers, we also offer advanced near-duplication removal. To do this, we consolidate similar content to the smallest possible set, significantly cutting time and money spent for review. Often, we can cull out up to 50% of email and document repositories radically optimizing the document review process. Step 5. Review This is the most important step in the e-discovery process. We can help you complete extensive, in-depth culling and searching quickly and efficiently. Often, as much as 90% of collected ESI can be non-responsive ( irrelevant). To ensure that the evidence that you process is only the most relevant ESI, we take out irrelevant content programmatically, while at the same time identifying content that is most likely relevant. Step 6. Production At this stage, the gathered and reviewed documents and evidence is turned over to opposing counsel. Ensuring that your e-discovery process runs smoothly ensures that your litigation is as uncomplicated as possible. Efficient e-discovery ensures that you do not waste time or money, and potentially risk adverse action from the court. Don’t trust the crucial step to a company you don’t have faith in. Let the experts at Digital Forensics Corp ensure that your e-discovery process works like a dream.