Kazeon has been hard at work. We first profiled their work within the eDiscovery industry in October, and then again last week we covered the benefits of their Information Server, which allows for agent-less eDiscovery analysis.
Now, Kazeon has announced the launch of KazForensics, a comprehensive set of forensics capabilities that creates new standards for complete authenticity of data and meta-data, as well as maximum defensibility of the eDiscovery process.
Protection of Electronically Stored Information
The goal of eDiscovery forensics is to ensure that Electronically Stored Information (ESI) is protected against destruction or alterations. ESI includes all data contained in electronic format ranging from instant messages, to voice mail, to word processing documents -- whether stored on a hard drive, a PDA or a flash drive.
Evidence of destruction or failure to produce ESI during eDiscovery can lead to costly penalties, sanctions and loss of the lawsuit as a whole. A forensically sound image of the original information must be preserved and a duplicate must be created for processing, review and analysis.
KazForensics provides end-to-end verification and accuracy of the eDiscovery workflow, while maintaining a complete chain of custody across the entire eDiscovery process. Such control provides a completely transparent and defensible in-house eDiscovery solution for corporations, law firms, law enforcement agencies and legal consultants, among others
Because preserving potentially relevant objects can be a complex process, KazHold, and KazForensics' in-place analysis, review, collection, legal hold aims to redefine standards for functionality, usability and defensibility in order to help corporations and law firms balance legal requirements and the rising costs of eDiscovery.
By ensuring data integrity and auditing for the entire eDiscovery process, as well as verification of content before and after eDiscovery analysis, review, legal hold, processing and collection, KazForensics looks to raise the levels of accuracy, data integrity and chain of custody in the eDiscovery workflow by keeping data and meta-data intact, thus preventing data spoliation.
Spoliation refers to the intentional or negligent withholding, hiding, alteration or destruction of evidence relevant to a legal proceeding. Considered a criminal act in the US under Federal and most State law, spoliation has two consequences: fines and incarceration for the parties involved and spoliation inference (for which the consciousness of guilt or other motivation to avoid the evidence can be inferred). Either way, it isn't good.
Benefits of eDiscovery Forensics
Implementing eDiscovery forensics helps to preserve the authenticity of ESI and helps to keep companies out of legal troubles. It also allows for safe data transfers to outside counsel and the ability to track data and maintain integrity as documents and emails/messages move across stages.
The forensics capabilities of KazForensics are available for usage in data centers, remote offices, laptops, desktops, file shares, email servers, archives, ECM systems. Learn more at www.kazeon.com.