Document review has become a major profit service for law firms. This gives an inlet to new technologies that allow smaller law firms to take clients they would never normally be able to handle. Additionally, eDiscovery takes the responsibility out of the domain of industry titans instead of making them enlist a large pool of high cost attorneys. In turn this has created scalability that is leveling the playing field in litigation services.

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Once the data has been identified through appropriate data mapping techniques, and defensibly collected by a certified forensic examiner the data moves onto the next stage within the electronic data reference model (EDRM). Following collection, the data will need to be processed for electronic discovery and further review. This can include converting file types into archivable structured formats to maintaining the files in native format for review.

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Balancing time, risk, and cost in the conduct of electronic discovery continues to be one of the greatest challenges faced by legal professionals today. Technology advances, laws which further define electronically stored information (ESI), and current economic conditions all serve to increase both the importance and complexity of meeting this challenge of “balance”.   With…

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Change in the legal industry is undeniable and accelerating at a great pace. Historically, the legal industry is one of the later industries to adopt technologies but that seems to be changing. Not only is legal tech constant evolving but the amount of big data and different types of data have been on the rise…

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One of the most important digital conferences in Arizona will be starting shortly. The ASU-Arkfeld eDiscovery and Digital Evidence Conference will take place in the Armstrong Hall on March 9-11, 2016, making it the fifth to date The three exciting days at ASU campus in Tempe will include stimulating information about the newest issues affecting…

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Professional Responsibilities Forensic experts must exercise considerable caution when approaching digital evidence, since there is some legal argument that any opened computer file has already been tampered with, changing its content and thus the quality of the information (evidence) it provides.  Developing and maintaining professional competence is necessary to assure: all the appropriate evidence is…

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Typical Cases Requiring Forensic Assistance Digital forensics provide attorneys a verifiable avenue of document discovery and attribution. In legal cases, digital forensics have valuable applications for both the prosecution and the defense.  Digital evidence is useful for a significant range of circumstances; among the most pertinent are: Banking/embezzlement/securities theft. Child pornography. Elder abuse/exploitation. Excessive/illegal phishing.…

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The Evolution of Digital Forensics – Part 1 The unprecedented growth of digital forensics is a natural outcome of computers expanded use in virtually every sphere of human activity.  Digital forensics investigates computer-originated crime, through application of an evolving range data recovery tools and related forensic software.  All digital devices, including mobile tablets and smartphones,…

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To understand when and where to spend money on digital forensics, it is important to understand first what you are buying, then understand when it should be used. Stages 1 – 3 are covered in Digital Forensics – Part 1 Acquisition (collection) and Part 2 Analysis. Mobile Devices Mobile devices is not a “stage” but…

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