Magazine article Information Management

Study: E-Discovery Not Limited to E-Mail

Magazine article Information Management

Study: E-Discovery Not Limited to E-Mail

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E-mail is no longer the primary source of records companies produce for an e-discovery request, Symantec's "2011 Information Retention and E-Discovery Survey" has found.

The survey also reveals that companies with the best records and information management (RIM) practices in place significantly reduce their risk of court sanctions or fines.

The survey, conducted by Applied Research, includes the responses of legal and IT employees at 2,000 companies worldwide about how they are managing their ever-increasing amounts of electronically stored information (ESI) and preparing for the possibility of an e-discovery request.

Respondents said they answered an average of 63 legal, compliance, or regulatory requests for digital information during the previous year, and IT staff spent 66 hours locating the information.

When asked what types of documents are most often part of an e-discovery request, respondents put files and documents (67%) and database or application data (61%) ahead of e-mail (58%). According to the survey, other sources companies must be ready to produce information from include: SharePoint files (51%), instant messages and text messages (44%), and social media (41%).

According to the survey, companies that employ best practices, such as automating legal holds and using an archiving tool instead of relying on backups, fare dramatically better when responding to an e-discovery request.

Companies surveyed with good RIM practices in place were:

* 81% more likely to have a formal retention plan in place

* 63% more likely to automate legal holds

* 50% more likely to use a formal archiving tool

Firms that employ these practices have a 64% faster response time with a 2. …

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