eDiscovery and the cloud: risks and advantages

Cloud solutions provide many business advantages, but they raise a number of questions businesses must carefully consider.

There are many clear business advantages of utilizing cloud solutions, from cost savings to alleviating the burden of overworked IT departments. But there are also a number of risks and complications, such as compliance issues and concerns over privacy and security of information.

In terms of eDiscovery, certain processes lend themselves better to cloud solutions than others. Processes that involve multiple resources in multiple locations both inside and out of the company network – such as processing, analysis, review, production and presentation – are good candidates for cloud solutions. In addition, providing one central repository for legal information, providing secure access to all geographically dispersed parties that are part of eDiscovery proceedings.

When considering cloud solutions for eDiscovery, it is important to consider the following:

  • Will I have as much control with a cloud solution?
  • Should I select a private, public or hybrid cloud?
  • What disaster recovery and business continuity options are available?
  • What security and compliance certifications does the provider have?
  • Does it offer multi-party, multi-matter business intelligence?

These questions just scratch the surface of information that companies need in order to make the right decision regarding cloud and eDiscovery. Thankfully, for those who are interested in this topic and want to know more information, a complimentary webinar, “The Cloud, Data Security and eDiscovery – How Legal and IT Can Partner to Manage Discovery Risks,” can provide answers.

The webinar, which will be held on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 2 p.m. ET, will help IT and legal decision makers learn of the advantages of utilizing the cloud for eDiscovery, the primary concerns legal teams should be raising with cloud providers and more.

The featured speakers are Craig Ball, a board certified trial lawyer and certified computer forensic examiner, and Robert Cruz, senior eDiscovery solutions director at Proofpoint.

For more information, or to register for the webinar, click here.

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Rich Steeves

Richard P. Steeves is Managing Editor of InsideCounsel magazine, where he covers the intellectual property and compliance arenas. Rich earned a B.A. in English Literature...

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