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Objectifying the Subjective: Evaluating eDiscovery Vendor Viability

This article highlights one approach to evaluating the selection of eDiscovery vendors that may help decision-makers by providing an objective framework useful for the competitive comparison and contrasting of subjective evaluation elements. While the components and ratings used in the approach may be adjusted and weighted based on the experiences and preferences of evaluators, the framework is beneficial for ensuring a holistic evaluation process for determining vendor viability.

Modus Secures Working Capital Facility from J.P. Morgan

According to Steven Horan, Chairman, and CEO of Modus, “Having the right support along the journey can make all the difference. We have invested heavily in great global support in our journey that has been invaluable. I am honored to have the trust and financial commitment from a firm like J.P. Morgan. They quickly grasped our industry, opportunity, and financial model with an unmatched level of experience and entrepreneurial insight.”

Driven and Innovative Discovery Merge

According to the announcement, Silver Oak Services Partners, a private equity firm and majority shareholder of ID, will remain the majority shareholder of the combined company.  Greg Barr, Managing Partner of Silver Oak, said, “We are excited to partner with management of Driven and ID and support the merger of two great companies with strong growth track records and commitments to client service.  The combined business will leverage best practices from each to create a differentiated platform well-positioned for continued growth.”

An Unprecedented Surge? 43rd Annual Hart-Scott-Rodino Report Released

According to the recently published report, fiscal year 2020 was an especially challenging year as the global pandemic required adjustments to regular workflows at the agencies. After closing the physical offices where HSR filings are submitted, the agencies pivoted to telework and on March 18, 2020, started receiving HSR filings through an online portal for electronic document submission for the first time. From March 18, 2020, this ad hoc system has worked well even in the face of a significant surge in filings: as of September 10, 2021, the agencies had received over 8,000 electronic HSR filings, representing over 4,000 transactions. In fiscal year 2020, 1,637 transactions were reported under the HSR Act, representing about a 21.6 percent decrease from the 2,089 transactions reported in fiscal year 2019.

End-to-End Audio Discovery? HaystackID® Partners with Intelligent Voice

According to Intelligent Voice Limited CEO Ben Shellie, “We are delighted to combine Intelligent Voice’s optimized voice retrieval and accelerated voice review with HaystackID’s expertise in data analytics and discovery workflows for high-volume, high-value matters. Intelligent Voice’s daily and intra-day utilization reporting and proprietary audio review workflows augment the defensible, cost-predictable discovery management programs for which HaystackID is renowned.”

A Surge in Cybercriminality? The Annual ENISA Threat Landscape Report – 9th Edition

According to EU Agency for Cybersecurity Executive Director Juhan Lepassaar, “Given the prominence of ransomware, having the right threat intelligence at hand will help the whole cybersecurity community to develop the techniques needed to best prevent and respond to such type of attacks. Such an approach can only rally around the necessity now emphasized by the European Council conclusions to reinforce the fight against cybercrime and ransomware more specifically.”

Considering Zero Trust? November 2021 Cyber Events Report from NATO CCDCOE

Computer security professionals love to say that there is no such thing as 100% security. Despite that, many security strategies seem to be founded on the assumption that setting up border protection and establishing a secure perimeter around the enterprise network can be done well enough. Zero Trust does not make that assumption.

Urgent and Prioritized Remediation of Vulnerabilities: A New CISA Directive

According to CISA Director Jen Easterly, “The Directive lays out clear requirements for federal civilian agencies to take immediate action to improve their vulnerability management practices and dramatically reduce their exposure to cyber attacks. While this Directive applies to federal civilian agencies, we know that organizations across the country, including critical infrastructure entities, are targeted using these same vulnerabilities. It is therefore critical that every organization adopt this Directive and prioritize mitigation of vulnerabilities listed in CISA’s public catalog.”

Smarsh Acquires Digital Safe Product Line from Micro Focus

According to Smarsh CEO Brian Cramer, “Solving the sophisticated archiving, compliance and eDiscovery needs of the largest regulated multi-national companies requires scale, flexibility and support infrastructure. This acquisition partners two experienced leaders, both with a proven track record of supporting our respective customers.”

Calm Before the Storm? Eighteen Observations on eDiscovery Business Confidence in the Fall of 2021

In the fall of 2021, 71.2% of survey respondents felt that revenue in the next sixth months will be higher than today. This percentage is markedly higher than sentiment on this metric in the summer of 2021 (63.3%) and represents continuing optimism toward positive revenue expectations for the end of 2021 and the beginning of 2022. This is also the highest percentage of respondents believing revenue will be higher in the next sixth months since the inception of the quarterly survey in the winter of 2016.

From Russia (and China) with Love? The UK National Cyber Security Centre Annual Review

According to the NCSC Annual Review, China remained a highly sophisticated...

New Federal Government Cybersecurity Incident and Vulnerability Response Playbooks

According to Matt Hartman, Deputy Executive Assistant Director for Cybersecurity, "The...

A Surge in Cybercriminality? The Annual ENISA Threat Landscape Report – 9th Edition

According to EU Agency for Cybersecurity Executive Director Juhan Lepassaar, “Given...

Considering Zero Trust? November 2021 Cyber Events Report from NATO CCDCOE

Computer security professionals love to say that there is no such...

A Long Runway? KLDiscovery Files for Initial Public Offering

On Tuesday, November 23, 2021, KLDiscovery took a strong step toward...

Modus Secures Working Capital Facility from J.P. Morgan

According to Steven Horan, Chairman, and CEO of Modus, “Having the...

Driven and Innovative Discovery Merge

According to the announcement, Silver Oak Services Partners, a private equity...

Smarsh Acquires Digital Safe Product Line from Micro Focus

According to Smarsh CEO Brian Cramer, “Solving the sophisticated archiving, compliance...

An eDiscovery Market Size Mashup: 2021-2026 Worldwide Software and Services Overview

From market retraction in 2020 to resurgence in 2021, the worldwide...

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...

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

From worldwide eDiscovery market sizing and discovery intelligence to cybersecurity playbooks...

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

From artificial intelligence and predictive coding to eDiscovery business confidence and...

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...

Alternative Reality? Winter 2022 eDiscovery Pricing Survey Results

Based on the complexity of data and legal discovery, it is...

Calm Before the Storm? Eighteen Observations on eDiscovery Business Confidence in the Fall of 2021

In the fall of 2021, 71.2% of survey respondents felt that...

Help Wanted? Issues Impacting eDiscovery Business Performance: A Fall 2021 Overview

In the fall of 2021, 27.4% of respondents viewed lack of...

Harvest Time? eDiscovery Operational Metrics in the Fall of 2021

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