M365 AED Collections – Not Actually Collected

The latest update to the M365 Advanced eDiscovery console is on their way to your or your client’s tenant. While this change seems to be primarily cosmetic (renaming Searches to Collections tab), there are some important things going on under the surface. In my recent blog on Handling M365 Unindexed Content I explained how AED automatically processes and reindexes partially or unindexed items placed [...]

Discovery Starts with Investigations

The focus of the Ms. Grierson’s law alert is how and why the defendant was forced to produce their legal hold notice communications as part of the spoliation determination. What I found more interesting in the source Radiation Oncology Servs. of Cent. N.Y., P.C. v. Our Lady of Lourdes Mem’l Hosp., Inc. decision is how the ‘Chair of the Investigative Committee’ conducted his investigation [...]

By |2021-02-09T15:55:57-06:00February 9th, 2021|Caselaw, Investigation, News, Legal Holds|0 Comments

M365 eDiscovery Search Alert

For enterprise on M365 E3/E5 that have been running keyword searches to export data from OneDrive and SharePoint for discovery in 2020, you may have had a problem. This will be a long piece, so I will try to pack the important parts up front. Last August, while testing the new online Microsoft  (“MSFT”) Word transcription feature I stumbled onto what appeared to be [...]

By |2021-01-31T10:55:04-06:00January 31st, 2021|Essay, Collectors, Legal Holds, Architecture, Search|0 Comments

IM eDiscovery: Resurrecting the 5000:1 Rule

One of my Litsupport team wearing the departmental t-shirts. Used with permission Blame Jonathan Maas for reminding me of my 5000:1 rule from the Enron email review. “For every 5,000 emails we review someone gets fired.” To put that rule in late 1990’s context, everyone having a corporate email account was still a relatively new thing. Just like the pandemic driven adoption [...]

By |2021-01-12T12:38:17-06:00January 12th, 2021|Essay, Collectors, Compliance, Legal Holds, Privacy, ESI Sources|0 Comments

What is Your Messaging App Tracking?

In the days of on-site policy assessment engagements, I loved asking random attendees to step away from their laptops so that I could ‘compliance check’ them. For new or stuffy clients I would ask the MIS/Security stakeholder to pick some random ‘safe’ machines on the floor for the check. Inevitably, every poor admin chosen had stashes of PSTs/MSGs, private gmail mailboxes open, various chat [...]

It’s a Jump to the Left – Relativity Acquires VerQu

Relativity’s acquisition of VerQu makes a lot of sense from the corporate RelativityOne customer perspective. Once integrated, the VerQu Hydra connectors have the potential to dramatically expand the scope of holds, in-place searches and collections. The pandemic has escalated adoption of Teams, video conferencing and a myriad of collaboration platforms that Hydra already gives customers access to. In a happy coincidence, VerQu was on [...]

Exterro:AccessData – Reverse Food Chain?

These kinds of parallel acquisitions generally happen right after a round of funding. To provide some context, Exterro was founded in 2004 and took $100M round of funding in 2018. Zoominfo has them at $36M in revenue with 170 employees (grain of salt). Founded in 1987, AccessData was one of the first forensic tools I used during my CSI years. Owler has AD’s at [...]

Time to Change your Legal Hold Notice Routing

The legal hold notice market is dominated by cloud services that use a wide variety of security methods to send out your notices from their trusted domains. Having implemented a large number of these systems recently, I can tell you how difficult it can be to establish that trust relationship and bypass all the spam/virus/phishing filters to ensure that all custodians receive their hold [...]

By |2020-12-02T13:28:16-06:00December 2nd, 2020|News, Legal Holds, Security|0 Comments

Unlimited Mailboxes = Email Hoarding?

The pace of corporate migrations to Microsoft 365 (the new name for Office 365) has accelerated over the last nine years (2011 launch). I have supported these migrations of most of my long term clients with policy reviews, preservation audits, workflow adaptions and more. Two to five years post-migration my health checks and annual discovery metrics reports tell a universal tale of bloated mailboxes. [...]

Rapid Changes to Microsoft AED2 UI

Even though Microsoft just released their new version of the Advanced eDiscovery (AED2) interface, they seem to be releasing UI changes in relatively short development cycles. That is good if you are waiting for the Graph API functions to integrate with AED2, but bad if you already updated your protocols and documentation. This update changes the workflow for adding a Custodian or Data Source [...]

By |2020-11-20T16:46:38-06:00November 20th, 2020|Preservation, News, Legal Holds, ESI Sources, Architecture|0 Comments
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