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Proactive eDiscovery

Mitigate the compliance and litigation risks to your business by application of a robust preparedness methodology

The Salient Proactive eDiscovery Service will guide you through the maze of decisions and policy making that is needed to leave you best prepared to address compliance, investigatory and litigation events within your business.

In our experience, a reactive response to a legal or compliance challenge will always lead to higher costs and pressures than when you can rely on a proactive strategy designed to minimise the inherent risk in the material you retain. Furthermore, being aware of how you plan to respond to an event can also save time, better contain the risk and reduce the overall costs associated with the required urgent remedial action.

When combined with Salient’s eDiscovery Service and Cognitive Analytics Service, our Proactive eDiscovery methodology provides reassurance, should the worst happen.

Retain or Delete?

Discussion regarding the relative merits of content retention and deletion have long reigned in the world of data governance. Whether it be driven by the fear of disposing of material that should be retained for compliance purposes, or by the fear of disposing of valuable company knowledge assets. However, this discussion is more frequently driven by a lack of clarity on all the driving factors, leading to inertia.

What cannot be disputed is that retaining company information that is accumulated during business activities for longer than is necessary,  incurs more expense and greater risk than value.

Moving information to the Cloud is only a short-term strategy for containing costs. Irrespective of where “dark data” is stored the inherent risk contained within it will continue to rise while its value decreases. Furthermore, the cost of discovery will rise proportionally with the volume of information retained, should you have to respond to a litigation or compliance event.

Accordingly, our Proactive eDiscovery methodology actively recommends a mindset switch from retention to a policy of defensible deletion of ROT (Redundant, Obsolete & Trivial) content.

Proactive eDiscovery

Salient Proactive eDiscovery was conceived to help clients avoid fines and costly settlements, reduce the risks to the enterprise as well as save time and discovery costs.

To deliver this, the Proactive eDiscovery Service guides corporate legal and compliance teams through the critical issues and questions, delivering defensible and robust Preservation, Collection and Review strategies.

Built around 5 key stages, Salient Proactive eDiscovery delivers clarity in your approach to responding effectively to any legal or compliance event.

Risk Assessment
Assessment of current litigation and compliance vulnerability, to establish the likely risk landscape and impact of future legal and compliance triggered events
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Risk Assessment
Data Assessment
Assessment to yield a detailed understanding of your data sources and ownership in preparation for quantifying the risk and location of potentially responsive data. Also the review of data governance policies & responsibilities and attitudes to ROT (Redundant, Obsolete & Trivial) data retention
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Data Assessment
Response Processes
Establishment of appropriate and robust response processes to address identified risks, addressing any identified gaps and exposure in your response strategy
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Response Processes
Response Resourcing
Establishment of stakeholders and key personnel, including definition of roles and responsibilities to deliver the agreed Response Processes
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Response Resourcing
Strategy Fulfilment
Having systematically identified and assessed the risks, established appropriate responses and responsibilities, the final stage is to put in place the technologies and service providers to fulfil the Proactive eDiscovery strategy
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Strategy Fulfilment
Periodic Review
Any Proactive eDiscovery strategy should be periodically reviewed to accommodate changes in legislation and regulation and the ever-shifting risk and economic landscapes
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Periodic Review

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