During the Identification Stage, the goal is to create and deploy a plan to identify, preserve, authenticate, and collect relevant ESI. Through identifying and defining preferred data sources that potentially hold relevant information, outlining defensible protocols to preserve and collect both structured and unstructured data, and establishing the context that this information is being used, legal teams can create a data map to aid in defining the scope of the case.

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In recent years the information requests from Law Enforcement have been rising dramatically, with the majority of these requests either being subpoenas, search warrants, and court orders. There has been a colossal increase of over 500% from 2019 to 2020, and then in just the first 6 months of 2021 there has been nearly as many information requests as there was in total in 2020.

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Published nearly a year ago, the American Bar Association’s “Law Firm Guide to Cybersecurity” is more relevant than ever. Cybersecurity and Information Governance are major pillars in the legal sector. Law firms, litigation support providers, and corporate legal departments handle extremely sensitive information making it both crucial that these organizations implement cybersecurity best practices and also stay informed in the current techniques hackers are deploying to get access to this information.

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