Moving Forward? A Running Listing of eDiscovery Events in 2022

Based on research and tracking by ComplexDiscovery, this non-comprehensive planning list highlighting selected eDiscovery-related events, conferences, and meetings may be beneficial for individuals and organizations in the eDiscovery ecosystem evaluating sponsorship, support, and attendance plans for 2022.

Nuix Announces CEO and CFO Appointments

According to newly appointed Nuix CEO Jonathan Rubinsztein, “It is clear that the people of Nuix are world-class and passionate about what they do. I’m committed to strengthening what they have built and providing them the space to thrive as professionals and help fulfill our mission to deliver truth in a digital world.”

[Legal Education Webcast] Going for the Gold? Mobile Elite Discovery and Analysis Lab for Mobile Devices

Companies poring over high-stakes investigations and litigation now have immediate access to a powerful new service to assist in identifying and analyzing digital clues from mobile devices through HaystackID’s Mobile Elite Discovery and Analysis Lab (MEDAL). In this on-demand educational presentation, digital forensics experts John Wilson and Rene Novoa share considerations for full-file system and physical extractions from both Android and iOS devices with HaystackID’s MEDAL service.

Joint Cybersecurity Advisory from the CISA, FBI, and NSA on BlackMatter Ransomware

This Joint Cybersecurity Advisory from the CISA, FBI, and NSA provides information on cyber actor tactics, techniques, and procedures obtained from a sample of BlackMatter ransomware analyzed in a sandbox environment as well from trusted third-party reporting. Using embedded, previously compromised credentials, BlackMatter leverages the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) and Server Message Block (SMB) protocol to access the Active Directory (AD) to discover all hosts on the network. BlackMatter then remotely encrypts the hosts and shared drives as they are found.

Consilio Completes Acquisition of Legal Consulting and eDiscovery Business Units of Special Counsel from Adecco

According to Andy Macdonald, CEO of Consilio, “Consilio’s acquisition of D4 and EQ is a significant advance in the breadth of our U.S. and International data operations. This acquisition milestone significantly bolsters Consilio’s document review, legal process outsourcing, and Cyber Incident Response resources and unlocks new growth and development opportunities from which our employees and multinational client base will benefit.”

A SaaSy New AI-Enabled Offering? Cloud Court Releases Armatus

According to the announcement, Armatus enables attorneys to maximize the benefits of their existing eDiscovery production and to collaborate with in-room and distributed litigation teams in new and powerful ways, including through the preparation of witnesses in advance of depositions. During the deposition itself, the deposing attorney as well as their in-room and remote team members can read and select real-time transcript content, auto-search eDiscovery production without having any experience with the eDiscovery platform itself, and instantly see relevant documents that help them craft questions.

Beyond Foibles and Fatigue? The Use of Artificial Intelligence in eDiscovery

According to David Cohen, partner, Reed Smith LLP, and chair of EDRM’s project trustees, “There is so much hype about the use of AI in the legal field and whether it may even replace human lawyers. Many legal professionals, however, don’t really understand AI and its practical applications. This paper provides a concise and understandable introduction to AI, its current and future applications in litigation discovery and related ethical considerations.”

Keeping Secrets? Ransomware Trends in Bank Secrecy Act Data Between January 2021 and June 2021

According to a recently published report, the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) in the first six months of 2021 identified $590 million in ransomware-related suspicious activity reports (SARs), a 42 percent increase compared to a total of $416 million for all of 2020. If current trends continue, SARs filed in 2021 are projected to have a higher ransomware-related transaction value than SARs filed in the previous 10 years combined.

Harvest Time? eDiscovery Operational Metrics in the Fall of 2021

In the fall of 2021, 67 eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey participants chose to answer at least one of the optional business operational metric survey questions in the quarterly survey. 47.0% of respondents reported increasing Monthly Recurring Revenue (MRR). This is the highest percentage of respondents reporting MRR as increasing since the introduction of operational metric questions into the business confidence survey in the winter of 2019.

Adapting Well? Business Networking in the Time of COVID

Past ways of moving along the business relationship continuum from stranger to acquaintance to trusted collaborator, employee, or partner that relied on rapport-building no longer remain as pre-COVID opportunities for socially serendipitous encounters such as after-work happy hours, coffee breaks at conferences, and intra-industry networking events have been greatly diminished. The cues that would be present in these face-to-face interactions are largely viewed as essential for establishing trust in deepening relationships and achieving professional goals such as concluding transactions. However, there may be some compensatory affordances for lack of face-to-face interactions such as trusted referrals, more ‘objective’ evaluations, and equalization of access for those in more peripheral geographic locations.

Joint Cybersecurity Advisory from the CISA, FBI, and NSA on BlackMatter Ransomware

This Joint Cybersecurity Advisory from the CISA, FBI, and NSA provides...

Keeping Secrets? Ransomware Trends in Bank Secrecy Act Data Between January 2021 and June 2021

According to a recently published report, the U.S. Treasury's Financial Crimes...

A Geographical Depiction: Ransomware Attacks in the United States Between 2018 and Today

Published by Comparitech, a pro-consumer website providing information, tools, reviews, and...

Recommendations for Mitigating the Risk of Software Vulnerabilities: NIST Secure Software Development Framework

This draft document from NIST on a proposed secure software development...

Consilio Completes Acquisition of Legal Consulting and eDiscovery Business Units of Special Counsel from Adecco

According to Andy Macdonald, CEO of Consilio, “Consilio’s acquisition of D4...

Cellebrite to Acquire Digital Clues

According to Cellebrite CEO Yossi Carmil, “We are pleased to announce...

iCONECT Acquires Ayfie Inspector Artificial Intelligence Codebase

According to Ian Campbell, CEO of iCONECT, “Direct access to the...

eDiscovery Mergers, Acquisitions, and Investments in Q3 2021

From Ipro and Disco to Nuix and Lighthouse, the following findings,...

A New Era in eDiscovery? Framing Market Growth Through the Lens of Six Eras

There are many excellent resources for considering chronological and historiographical approaches...

An eDiscovery Market Size Mashup: 2020-2025 Worldwide Software and Services Overview

While the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) for worldwide eDiscovery software...

Resetting the Baseline? eDiscovery Market Size Adjustments for 2020

An unanticipated pandemeconomic-driven retraction in eDiscovery spending during 2020 has resulted...

Home or Away? New eDiscovery Collection Market Sizing and Pricing Considerations

One of the key home (onsite) or away (remote) decisions that...

Five Great Reads on Cyber, Data, and Legal Discovery for September 2021

From countering ransomware to predictive coding and packaged services, the September...

Five Great Reads on Cyber, Data, and Legal Discovery for August 2021

From the interplay of digital forensics in eDiscovery to collecting online...

Five Great Reads on Cyber, Data, and Legal Discovery for July 2021

From considerations for cyber insurance and malware to eDiscovery business confidence...

Five Great Reads on eDiscovery for June 2021

From remediating cyberattacks to eDiscovery pricing, the June 2021 edition of...

Harvest Time? eDiscovery Operational Metrics in the Fall of 2021

In the fall of 2021, 67 eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey participants...

Unseasonably Hot? Fall 2021 eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey Results

Since January 2016, 2,595 individual responses to twenty-four quarterly eDiscovery Business...

More Keepers? Predictive Coding Technologies and Protocols Survey – Fall 2021 Results

From the most prevalent predictive coding platforms to the least commonly...

Glowing Expectations? Eighteen Observations on eDiscovery Business Confidence in the Summer of 2021

In the summer of 2021, 63.3% of survey respondents felt that...