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What is eDisclosure?
eDisclosure (sometimes called eDiscovery or litigation support) combines forensic disciplines with data mining to reduce a large amount of unsorted data down to a smaller amount of relevant data.
The historic role of eDisclosure has been to support legal council, providing the Electronically Stored Information (ESI) that helps make the case for or against a particular accusation. However, the technology lends itself to a far wider audience, such as HR Departments, internal audit, compliance, regulatory affairs and responding to freedom of information act requests.
The basic premiss is to take in data from a wide range of sources; laptops, workstations, smart phones, email servers, instant messaging, SharePoint, file servers, voice recordings, back-ups, etc. and to search across this entire pool of data to draw out the information that is of specific interest. In some cases this means first acquiring the raw data in a forensic image, in other cases it is possible to directly query a live server. It is also possible to convert paper into electronic media and then to search this accordingly.
Like any search, the output is only as good as the search criteria and that is where good eDisclosure consultants make the difference. Using hard-won experience and an excellent understanding of the tools available, it is possible to open up the search criteria to cater for variance, misspelling, word substitution and other exceptions without returning an unwieldy amount of data.
Capable of delivering ad hoc exercises, fully managed services and technical solutions for clients to use independently, Portcullis takes a flexible, consultative approach to this type of exercise.