Join us at LegalTech 2014 and learn about mobile ESI

This week we’re at the Hilton New York for LegalTech 2014, where we’ll be exhibiting UFED 4PC, UFED Touch, and UFED Link Analysis for e-discovery and litigation support practitioners.

Mobile e-discovery is still a nascent discipline, but text messages, data found in apps, and even GPS data have all proven relevant in employment, intellectual property, fraud, and other cases. At LawTech Europe Congress last October, Cellebrite forensic technical director Yuval Ben-Moshe moderated a panel of experts in discussing these issues at length.

Panelists Patrick Burke, e-discovery counsel at Reed Burke, and Damien Murphy, a barrister at Enterprise Chambers, agreed that they’d worked on several cases in which mobile evidence would have made the litigation go easier, while panelist Jo Sherman, founder and CEO of EDT, raised the point that better awareness is needed around what’s possible: a less document-oriented approach that considers how to find information in new ways, depending on the needs and circumstances of the case.

Watch the entire panel presentation in the video below. And, if you’d like to discuss further with our experts this side of the pond, visit us in New York at Booth #1503!

Next Tuesday! SANS’ Mobile Evidence in Modern E-Discovery Webcast

SANSlogoMany of the conversations we had at LegalTech last month indicate that mobile devices are increasingly being seen as sources of electronically stored information (ESI) in their own right. While the email and files often found on them can be stored elsewhere, other records such as images, text messages, chat transcripts and travel routes – along with logs and metadata about those records – are often not.

It’s this ESI which is becoming critical to audits, civil lawsuits, criminal prosecutions and internal investigations. And so, as Law & Forensics’ Daniel Garrie recently pointed out:

Litigants appearing before a court seeking mobile discovery must clearly define and identify the relevant e-discovery and then address the cost and burden of the mobile electronic discovery compliance…. corporations and individuals have been ordered to produce, sometimes at considerable expense, computerized information, including e-mail messages, telephone records, and SMS records.

Next Tuesday, SANS instructors Paul Henry and Benjamin Wright will join Cellebrite Senior Forensic Technical Director Yuval Ben-Moshe to discuss these issues. Included will be what happens when deleted data are considered responsive evidence, proactively addressing preservation and collection requirements, and how mobile forensics fits an entire spectrum of e-discovery activities.

Join us on Tuesday, February 19 at 1 p.m. ET for Mobile Evidence in Modern E-Discovery!

Join us at LegalTech East this week

Booth 1305 at LegalTech

Booth 1305 at LegalTech

Tuesday, January 29 through Thursday, January 31 we’ll be exhibiting at LegalTech East, the New York-based conference that helps attorneys and their consultants to stay in step with rapidly changing technology.

In the not so distant past, mobile devices were viewed as a “redundant” source of electronically stored information. Emails, documents and even text messaging were stored largely on the BlackBerry® Enterprise Server, rendering mobile forensics unnecessary.

However, BlackBerry has lost ground to more versatile platforms such as iPhone® and Android™. Last October, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency announced that it was ending its BlackBerry contract in favor of issuing iPhones to more than 17,600 employees. The week previously, consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton made a similar announcement, adding Android devices to its mix.

That’s in addition to the many corporations worldwide which have adopted the “bring your own device” (BYOD) philosophy—opening their doors to iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, and other platforms besides BlackBerry. Like those issuing iPhones and Androids, these companies are responding to employees’ desire for greater versatility.

More versatility, however, means more complications for attorneys and litigation support professionals:

  • Responsive email is no longer guaranteed to be backed up to a server or a company-issued PC.
  • Communications, likewise, are not guaranteed to be taking place where the company can monitor them. (Think text- and instant-messaging or chat apps, which bypass carrier SMS and any email backups that may be set up.)
  • Especially when it comes to BYOD, personal data may become interspersed with company data, opening companies to privacy and liability issues.

And so, in the past year or so, some of our clients have spoken with us about the need for tools that can support thorough, legally defensible e-discovery from mobile devices.

We hope you’ll stop by Booth 1305 to visit with us and discuss these issues, as well as learn how our tools support ESI collection. If you can’t make it, however, please join us in three weeks as we sponsor a SANS webcast, “Mobile Evidence in Modern E-Discovery: Risks, Techniques and Opportunities,” which will cover these issues and more!