ediscovery is IT responsibility

E-Discovery is all about managing electronically stored information (ESI). Of course, that’s nothing new. Managing ESI is an enterprise-wide activity that requires uniform records management policies and the technology infrastructure to automate and enforce them. There were plenty of compelling reasons to develop these policies and infrastructure before the FRCP changes. But now it is imperative because the cost and risk to your company of failure to do so is enormous.

Coping with e-Discovery is on the mind of virtually every corporate general counsel. The volume and complexity of corporate litigation, and the electronic discovery required to support it, are growing at a startling rate. More and more of the relevant documents in every legal matter are in digital form. So to whom does the corporate counsel turn to get a handle on e-Discovery? That would be you—and the already strained resources of your IT group

All are too familiar with off-the-charts digital data growth. It’s a phenomenon in every area of the extended enterprise—not just legal affairs. For compliance reasons alone, companies are scrambling to get their digital houses in order. The record retention, information security, and consumer privacy provisions of legislation such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, and Sarbanes-Oxley are what keep you up at night. So the wake-up call regarding digital data is one you’ve been hearing for at least a decade. But its increasing relevance to litigation and electronic discovery is something new for your organization’s general counsel.

With the significant changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) that went into effect December 2006 and subsequent change to the Federal Rules of Evidence (FRE), taking control of e-Discovery has become a truly urgent concern. These changes have dramatically impacted the way all companies manage legal discovery and the enormous volume of digital data it encompasses. The IT group now has everyone’s attention. Gear up and start today. Your IT can check out on ediscovery software or ediscovery solutions.

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