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.

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.

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.

FTC Updates Model Second Request Introductory Guide

As highlighted in the September 28, 2021, blog post “Making the Second Request Process Both More Streamlined and More Rigorous During this Unprecedented Merger Wave” by the new director of the Bureau of Competition Holly Vedova, the FTC has been anticipating publishing a revision to the Model Second Request. The latest revision is now available for consideration and use by business, legal, and eDiscovery professionals involved in potential or actual Second Request investigations.

Unseasonably Hot? Fall 2021 eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey Results

Since January 2016, 2,595 individual responses to twenty-four quarterly eDiscovery Business Confidence surveys have been received from cybersecurity, information governance, and legal discovery professionals across the eDiscovery ecosystem. These nonscientific quarterly surveys are designed to provide insight into the business confidence level of individuals working in the field of eDiscovery supporting cyber, data, and legal discovery tasks. 73 respondents shared their strongly optimistic opinions as part of the most recent survey.

Cellebrite to Acquire Digital Clues

According to Cellebrite CEO Yossi Carmil, “We are pleased to announce this acquisition, an important step in executing against our vision of building a leading end-to-end investigative Digital Intelligence platform. Open-source intelligence capabilities provide law enforcement agencies with critical tools to capitalize on those crucial early hours of an investigation. The team at Digital Clues has built up a strong reputation in this space and we look forward to welcoming them into the Cellebrite family.”

Enhancing Credibility and Validity? Triangulation in Research

Validity in research basically establishes how correctly a particular approach measures something and how closely findings are to actual values or concepts being examined. It indicates whether findings from particular research can be trusted. Achieving validity is very important to ensure that findings from research can be correctly used and interpreted in such a way that stakeholders of the study are able to make informed appropriate decisions based on research findings. According to this new paper, research triangulation can significant support the quest of researchers to achieve validity and credibility in research efforts.

iCONECT Acquires Ayfie Inspector Artificial Intelligence Codebase

According to Ian Campbell, CEO of iCONECT, “Direct access to the source code enhances our ability to create innovative synergies which include artificial intelligence assisting companies to incorporate AI as a standard component of their eDiscovery workflow. At iCONECT we are always focused on looking over the horizon and this transaction is definitely a game-changer for the industry.”

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

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

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

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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...