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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.