Knowing what electronic data you have, where it resides, and how that information is used is important to managing the discovery process or litigation, or responding to a data security incident. Understanding your adversary’s electronically stored information (ESI) Data Map is also crucial to finding information likely to reveal important documents or other data. Great Lakes Forensics has experienced eDiscovery and Computer Forensics consultants that can help you craft your discovery strategy.
Great Lake Forensics offer you a full array of litigation support services, including the logical or forensic collection of ESI from devices in order to preserve digital evidence and ensure chain of custody of that information is established and that the resulting findings are admissible.
In litigation, when attorneys ask if the other side has conducted a complete search and gathering of potentially responsive data, Great Lakes Forensics consultants are prepared to help you answer that question. We can assist you with 30(B)6 interrogatories as well as perform ESI Data Mapping.
An ESI Data Map is a complete inventory of your client’s network and is created by allowing a subject matter expert or designated resource to inventory and document all available sources, including the owners of the application or source, whether it is currently in use or legacy as well as the relevant location, custodians, and data types.
The ESI Data Map should identify the relevant IT systems, describe their purpose and role, and answer critical discovery questions about the IT systems.
The ESI Data Map can be used to show that you have taken reasonable steps to learn the relevant sources of ESI and to create a plan to preserve and collect data.
For example, ESI data mapping allows you to start a privacy and security assessment. If you are collecting personally identifiable information (PII), your interview process can help you identify whether you have adequate security controls and storage of PII in your organization.
Some of our clients have taken the proactive step to create an ESI Data Map prior to any litigation, helping them determine their risk profile, and allowing them to save time and effort when they require an ESI Data Map for litigation purposes.
Call Great Lakes Forensics today at 888-503-0665 or contact us for a complimentary computer forensics expert consultation.