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Remote Forensic Collections in the Enterprise Environment

Helping to address eDiscovery challenges: cost savings and efficiency


As more and more businesses operate in multiple states and different countries, managing electronic discovery and, in particular, collecting custodial data in the enterprise environment can be a daunting task.

Traditionally, forensic imaging requires the physical availability of the machine to be preserved and the local presence of a forensic examiner. In addition to the complexity of the process, with traditional imaging, a forensic examiner can only image a limited number of systems at the same time, and the target machines are unavailable to their owners until the process completes. In the enterprise environment, this can require substantial efforts to efficiently schedule multiple collections and reduce business disruption.

On the other hand, remote imaging can often alleviate many of the logistical hurdles involved in traditional imaging. For example, remote imaging does not require the examiner to be in the same location as the target machine, it does not require making the machine unavailable to its user during the process, and the process can be invisible to the user, allowing imaging to occur without interruption.

This whitepaper, co-authored with Jon Talotta, partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP, includes a discussion on:

  • Background: How remote imaging can help organizations address the challenges of traditional imaging.
  • Application: Where remote collection can really make an impact.
  • Benefits: How it can help you, including efficiency, simultaneous collection abilities, and EU-US Safe Harbor compliance.
  • Considerations: Some of the issues you may need to evaluate before adopting a platform and process.

For more information about application, benefits, and other considerations, download the full article.

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While the information in this article may deal with legal issues, it does not constitute legal advice. If you have specific questions related to information discussed in this article, you are encouraged to consult an attorney who can investigate the particular circumstances of your situation.

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