In GRC this week there have been a number of releases in the e-Discovery space, including a StoredIQ solution for SharePoint  and enhanced search across Clearwell's e-Discovery platform. There are also indications that we may be heading toward an e-Discovery standard. Meanwhile, both Viewpointe and Agiliance have issued new releases.

Stored IQ e-Discovery for SharePoint

E-Discovery vendor StoredIQ (news, site) has strengthened its integration with SharePoint to include e-Discovery and information governance for two additional features of SharePoint 2010:  User Profiles and Versioning.

Since SharePoint 2010 was released last May, vendors have been building integrations for the platform as the amount of information that is being loaded into it grows at an alarming rate.

Alarming, that is, if you have no way of monitoring that information. For companies using SharePoint 2010 that have large and consistent e-Discovery demands, anything that helps this process will be welcome.

Most e-Discovery solutions are limited in their visibility and scope to just SharePoint Document Libraries and a subset of metadata. They also lack the intelligence to distinguish between multiple versions of documents, and may return large and inflated data sets for content analysis.

In contrast, the StoredIQ solution supports all core SharePoint object types and associated metadata.

So StoredIQ’s new SharePoint capabilities not only allow you to view User Profiles, but also consolidate the user’s document library, blogs, note boards, and colleagues into one interface.

It now has the capability to search through this version history and show which items are responsive to a query and which are not.  StoredIQ’s says its updated SharePoint e-Discovery and information management functionality will be available in this quarter.

Clearwell Adds Conceptual Search

More in the e-Discovery space this week from Clearwell Systems (news, site),  which announced that it has extended transparent search technology to concept search, now included as part of its e-Discovery Platform.

With it, Clearwell is introducing new levels of interactivity, relevance and defensibility into the concept search process. According to Clearwell, these elements do not exist in the standard “black box” concept search technologies, resulting in a lack of precision that has hindered widespread adoption of concept search in e-Discovery.

Concept search processes deals with this by enabling users to contextually refine the concept search by previewing the most frequently occurring terms and selecting only the relevant ones.

It also provides a visual interface that enables users to dynamically construct searches by exploring terms and linking them, and automatically documents which terms are included in the Transparent Concept Search.

Transparent Concept Search is offered as part of the Clearwell e-Discovery Platform at no additional charge, and will be available at the end of the first quarter 2011.

E-Discovery Standardization?

Before leaving e-Discovery this week, it looks like there may be moves toward e-Discovery standardization. Earlier this week, we reported that in June, the University of Pittsburgh is expected to host the fourth Discovery of Electronically Stored Information (DESI) workshop.

It is intended to provide a platform for discussion of an “open standard governing the elements of a state-of-the-art search for electronic evidence” in the context of civil discovery. Bringing together a variety of e-Discovery stakeholders and practitioners from law, government and industry, DESI IV will attempt to reconcile the need for standards with a consensus for recommendations for further work. A call for submissions is open until April. Interested in more?

SaaS Records Management from Viewpointe

Records management vendor Viewpointe has officially launched OnPointe, a digital storage and records management solution offering scalability, uptime and compliance capabilities.

Using OnPointe's "pay-as-you-go" model, companies can more easily scale – up or down – their digital storage usage, eliminating the need to own and sustain expensive records management and storage systems.

Configured with an organization's specific needs in mind, OnPointe implements a company's business and document lifecycle rules consistently, supporting its compliance efforts and helping to mitigate unnecessary risks.

It uses Viewpointe's existing core capabilities and enables customers to convert and consolidate disparate data repositories with consistent retention management while helping save money.

PCI Compliance from Agiliance

Finally, GRC vendor Agiliance (news, site) has launched Agiliance Continuous Compliance Service for PCI. The cloud solution manages the PCI lifecycle to overcome the problems of the continuous monitoring required by PCI regulations.

PCI (Payment Card Industry) Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a set of requirements intended to ensure that all companies that process, store or transmit credit card information maintain a secure environment.

The new requirements of PCI 2.0 mean that an organization’s existing security policies must include virtualized environments, policy governance, risk remediation and 100 percent asset coverage.

Agiliance CCS for PCI provides a set of content, tools and audit-ready reports that an organization and its auditors require for all five stages of the PCI compliance lifecycle. Agiliance CCS for PCI is priced at US $87, 500 with free trials starting March 1, 2011.