Three New Jersey professional services firms, IND, P.G. Lewis & Associates, and Cuyler Burk, LLP, held an educational seminar yesterday on the best-practices approach to the emerging field of data forensics.
Recent New Jersey amendments to the court rules require attorneys to pro-actively manage the electronic discovery process and to investigate a client’s information management system in order to understand how information is stored and how it can be retrieved. “This ruling is causing havoc in many law firms that are not prepared. It is having an immediate and dramatic impact on both civil and criminal cases,” said Robert Kleeger, a partner in P.G. Lewis & Associates, the leading electronic discovery and data forensics firm.
Mr. Kleeger discussed the best practices involved with the electronic discovery and data forensics processes. “Adhering to the rules of evidence and following the legal process is paramount,” noted Mr. Kleeger.
Douglas Rahn, President & CEO of IND, the premier New Jersey technology management services firm, provided insight into the ramifications of data theft. “The cost of intellectual property theft is staggering. The impact of the recent IP theft from the largest manufacturer of internet switching systems will most likely cost the company, their clients, investors and vendors hundreds of millions of dollars.”
There are a number of pro-active initiatives that companies should take to protect themselves from internal and external threats. However, should an event take place, Peter Petrou, Supervising Partner in the noted legal services firm Cuyler Burk, noted that “implementing the electronic discovery process early and correctly is essential. One mistake in the process could spell disaster for your case.”