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How Kloudless Benefits EDiscovery Software

*This article is part of the Kloudless Guide to Cloud Security, A comprehensive guide to all things Cloud Security in 2020 for security software of all verticals.

In the legal system, discovery is a process that guarantees the right to obtain documents and proceedings that are related to the defense of a party in the litigation. EDiscovery is the same process but aligned to material that is stored electronically. This may entail emails, digital documents, database dumps, and more. As data is increasingly stored digitally, EDiscovery has become the dominant means of procuring said files and data in modern legal cases.

EDiscovery software, for the reasons listed above, has become a large market in the security software industry. The tools these platforms provide automate much of the process of discovery, including data ingestion, file indexing, virus scanning, and preparing documents to be reviewed for their relevance to a proceeding.

Why EDiscovery is Changing

As the means of storing data changes, EDiscovery software must also change to reflect the nature of modern cloud software.

Joe Mulenex, Director of Solution Consulting for Exterro, defines E-Discovery as “the search for facts or truth about given litigation, performed in the arena of electronically stored obligations.” This data may come in the form of emails or documents, as mentioned above, or it may be in the form of more modern electronic formats, such as social media, instant messaging logs, video content, GPS coordinates, and more. 

In the modern legal process, these types of documents and data represent the majority of correspondence relevant to an investigation. As a result, E-Discovery software is tasked with assisting legal proceedings or litigation by searching through millions of documents. This process is governed by a framework called the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM), although recent leaps in technology have consolidated the steps of EDRM into single software systems, such as Exterro.

These single software systems for E-Discovery are responsible for every step of the process, from information governance to data preservation, data collection, and document review. The most time consuming of these processes is the data collection itself, which consists of combing through virtually every form of electronic data. This data might be “active,” meaning the documents are stored locally or through a network drive. However, considerably more of the data that must be collected by E-Discovery software is stored on cloud servers. As a result, E-Discovery technology solutions need to have a wide-range of API integrations with the most popular cloud services. 

Once data has been collected by an Ediscovery platform, legal teams go about reviewing up to millions of documents related to the proceedings. This review process is sped up considerably, thanks to metadata stored in the documents and files themselves. This metadata allows reviewers to sort relevant documents by a host of criteria, such as author, creation date, and more. Because the data increasingly live in the cloud, EDiscovery platforms with API integrations to cloud storage platforms can harvest this metadata to simplify the process of review. 

The emergence of cloud storage software as the defacto way of storing data has led to a need for API integrations in EDiscovery software.

Kloudless Was Built for EDiscovery

Kloudless has been built from the ground up to offer unrivaled connectivity to software such as EDiscovery platforms. In the same amount of engineering time it would take to build a connection with a single could storage service, Kloudless connects your software with dozens of the industry’s largest offerings.

By connecting with Kloudless, E-Discovery software can implement the ability to search through files and documents on every major cloud storage provider like Google Drive, Box, Dropbox, and more through a single unified READ route.  This means that EDiscovery developers no longer have to learn the documentation of each service they connect to and are no longer forced to build their own internal APIs out to access each service separately. Any authenticated account from a cloud storage provider is accessed through a single unified route.

Kloudless also uses a single unified data model, which means that metadata is formatted to be identical no matter the service it is returned form. EDiscovery software developers can use this functionality to quickly implement global searches for documents and data, regardless of the cloud storage service the data originated from. Kloudless offers extensive activity and event monitoring, allowing EDiscovery software to easily track changes in files and documents related to a legal proceeding.

To learn more about how Kloudless can help your EDiscovery software with its API integration needs, please visit our security solutions page or write to hello@kloudless.com

*This article is part of the Kloudless Guide to Cloud Security, A comprehensive guide to all things Cloud Security in 2020 for security software of all verticals.

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David Hallinan

David Hallinan is an Integration Strategist and Head of Content at Kloudless. He enjoys painting, JavaScript, vintage synths, drum machines and forcing his sports allegiances on his children.

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