E-Discovery: What You Need To Know

By Debra D'Agostino  |  Posted 05-29-2007
CIOs know that employees are sending and receiving more e-mail than ever before—about 4.3 gigabytes of data per user per year, according to The Radicati Group. Still, not all CIOs have a plan for storing, indexing and eventually deleting these messages. It's an issue that warrants careful attention, particularly in light of new federal e-discovery laws mandating that all companies have the ability to retrieve and produce in a timely manner any documents required for a federal investigation.

How well-prepared is your company to deal with such a request? Considering that only about 14 percent of all corporate e-mail accounts are currently backed up and archived, chances are you're a bit behind on policy-making. But fear not. The articles below will help you begin the process of formulating a successful strategy.

What E-Mail Can You Delete?
The recent White House scandal over improperly deleted electronic messages should serve as a warning to CIOs about how to approach e-discovery.

Firms Face Risks for Failing to Archive E-mails
Some companies confront heavy penalties if relevant messages aren't maintained.

E-Discovery: A Lifecycle of Its Own
New federal rules on evidence are ushering in a brave new world of ILM. And IT needs to figure out how to work with legal—fast.

E-Discovery 101
What is e-discovery and why should you care? Here's everything you need to know.

5 Steps for E-Mail Retention
Haven't gotten your arms around forming an e-mail strategy? Here are your first five steps.

Online Resource Center to Aid E-Discovery
A new web site offers best practices, reports and case studies to help CIOs integrate e-discovery into an overall data management strategy.