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November 2007

E-discovery forces security organizations to prepare for eventual litigation

The biggest threat for 2008 is lawyers. Insider threats, botnets and the security patch du jour shouldn't have you worried. Rather, your top security concern should be about getting sued. Less than a year ago, an amendment to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) radically changed how and when organizations produce documents in a lawsuit. And it directly affects you and the security policies you create. Now a judge can request electronically stored information. This includes structured, unstructured and even semi-structured data such as instant messages, wikis, blogs, audio, video, ERP records, CRM records, Excel spreadsheets, Word documents, database records...get the picture? So when (not if) your company gets sued, you must track down the requested records pronto. When paper documents were discoverable, it would be acceptable to take months, even years to get to the documents to the judge. Now these electronic discovery requests are expected in months, even weeks. And the location of the data is irrelevant. Discoverable...

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