Posts Tagged ‘Data Triage’


Virtualization – A Threat To Hard Drive Data Recovery

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Hard drive data recovery is the process of retrieving lost data from hard drive. This retrieval is done due to the inaccessibility of data through normal recovery processes. Notwithstanding the fact that your hard drive has crashed or locked up for some reason, you can recover the data using a variety of hard drive data recovering techniques.

Virtualization makes it complex to manage disparate virtual, physical and cloud resources simultaneously. There are three areas of IT where virtualization is making news – network virtualization, storage virtualization and server virtualization. Virtualization enables IT enterprises focus on their core competencies while their day-to-day troubles are taken care of by third party data centers and disaster recovery facilities. These centers offer end-to-end managed IT services on virtual systems to enable enterprises save on setting up IT infrastructure.

While virtualization is a great option, it is a path to leaving data unprotected. While IT companies are adopting virtualization to reduce costs, this process is adding to the complexity to their IT environments. This leaves the critical data unprotected. Only ten percent of the critical applications data that is stored on virtual system is protected. It is time IT companies resorting to virtualization assess the necessity of having a protection for virtual data. Almost half of the data stored on virtual systems is not even backed up.

One of the greatest drawbacks of virtualization is that there is a single point of failure. When the machine, on which all the virtualized solutions run fails, or when the virtualization solution itself fails, this crashes everything.

Less hardware is required in virtualizaton but it requires powerful machines. If the machines are outdated or archaic, the work might get disrupted. But given the cost of hardware, it is still cheaper to upgrade the machine and virtualize than install new hardware.

Performance issues arise in virtualization even though powerful virtualization of operating systems and applications are integrated in a machine. Frequently, an application running without any problem while not virtualized, brings to surface many problems when it is deployed in virtualized environment. There is no guarantee if an application will behave properly in virtualized environment. Performance degradation is one of the many issues when applications are deployed in virtual environment.

Although there are some disadvantages in virtualization, it is still a viable solution provided ample care is taken to overcome the possible snags. IT enterprises should treat mission critical data and applications with utmost care whether they are virtual or physical. Enterprises should adopt integrated tools for managing physical and virtual environments to save time, training costs and better automate processes.

Phone Log Reconciliation

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Knowingly or unknowingly we transmit a lot of information over phones. While we may not realize or even see the need to keep such information, it becomes useful to retrieve phone log information for legal issues. In complex litigation, all information passing between the client and vendor is considered part of intellectual property or trade secrets.

In legal cases phone log information records can be subpoenaed to determine if there was a trade secret violation or any other breach, or intellectual property information that is confidential has been compromised. In such scenarios, a search should be conducted through multiple phone numbers’ log records to produce a comprehensive report of violation or non violation.

Data Triage Technologies (DTT) has pioneered in Phone Log Reconciliation Service that is designed to manage completely a process that can be very time consuming if not automated appropriately. Now, it is possible for you to retrieve information that you may need to call as proof in a case. This service is extremely beneficial for lawyers and legal firms.

Phone logs come in several patterns that include digitally archived as images and spreadsheets as well as in paper format. Each phone company and cell phone provider has its own proprietary format for storing and presenting records. These formats require standardization to generate a comprehensive analysis. DTT executes a process of Optical Character Resolution (OCR) as well as Quality Assurance to ensure the information is correctly entered into a database able to execute the various formats.

Once evidence call records are introduced into a database, DTT performs an exhaustive search for the phone numbers under investigation. DTT then complies a report containing Calling Number, Called Number, Date and Time information, Statement Date and Statement Page.

Why E-Discovery Protocol?

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Too many Electronically Saved Information cases are left pending, without ever discovering the light of a solution in sight. The E-Discovery protocol is expected to facilitate the just, speedy, and inexpensive conduct of discovery involving Electronically Stored Information (ESI) in civil cases, and to promote, whenever possible, the resolution of disputes regarding the discovery of ESI without the intervention.

Lawyers engaged in civil litigation on smaller matters are not sure regarding the extent to which ESI must be preserved. They are worried about the costs associated with identifying, preserving, collecting, reviewing, and producing this information. This uncertainty, and a lack of understanding of the technical issues involved, forces many lawyers to choose one of the two extremes: over preservation to prevent sanctions or delegate preservation responsibilities to vendors or the clients themselves.

Without the benefit of large E-Discovery budgets, attorneys handling smaller matters may find themselves trapped. Engaging an outside expert to assess the client’s technology infrastructure and implement an appropriate E-Discovery protocol is prohibitively expensive. Clients may not be comfortable with the internal information being assessed by outside experts when their own technology personnel can handle the chunk of information. They may question the need to hire outside experts. These are, of course, reasonable arguments

Usually the time consuming collection of ESI may even go waste. Then there is the attorney review time which again takes a long time to process including the chunks of useless data that must have been collected. An E-Discovery protocol is intended to provide the parties with a comprehensive framework to address and resolve a wide range of ESI issues but it is not intended to be an inflexible checklist.

The Court expects parties to consider the nature of the claim, the amount in controversy, agreements of the parties, the relative ability of the parties to conduct discovery of ESI, and such other factors as may be relevant under the circumstances. Therefore not all aspects of this Protocol may be applicable or practical for a particular matter, and indeed, if the parties do not intend to seek discovery of ESI it may be entirely inapplicable to a particular case. The Court encourages the parties to use this Protocol in cases in which there will be discovery of ESI, and to resolve ESI issues informally and without supervision whenever possible.

Scope of E-Discovery Protocol

Friday, April 15th, 2011

E-Discovery has raised many important issues for litigators and their clients, including evidence integrity, preservation of meta data and its forensic value, recovery of electronic documents from backup tapes, the sheer volume of electronically stored information (ESI) and its impact on the scope of discovery and burden on the parties, and the suitable exchange of electronic
documents.

In December 2006, the US through the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, introduced wide ranging measures to tackle these issues. Ever since the US courts have adopted these measures. The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure altered the federal litigation expanse by imposing certain strict rules on litigants. The litigants now have to discuss early in the case a range of matters relating to the discovery of their ESI. It also provides for an early discussion of the assertion of privilege claims. The scope of E-Discovery protocol has now changed from how it was earlier dealt with and not dealt with.

Before the new federal rules came into existence, litigants had to deal with issues related to ESI without a specified framework of rules specifying their disclosure and production obligations. Often, due to a lack of refinement of E-Discovery, the requesting parties’ counsel makes responding parties either to ignore their E-Discovery obligations or to run out the clock without providing any significant E-Discovery responses, information or ESI. The prohibitive cost involved in E-Discovery makes parties concerned failing to press the E-Discovery button.

The Federal Rules’ empowerment of federal courts to take charge of E-Discovery protocol matters, puts an end to the old status quo in ESI production. More federal courts (and state courts who rely on federal case law as instructive) are cautioning litigants to negotiate and reach early agreement on what ESI will be produced, when, and how.

The federal litigants who do not detail in advance about the what and how E-Discovery is going to be done and who will pay for it, face the prospect of having an unsympathetic court make those choices for them. This eventually leads to expensive consequences that could have been avoided. With many state courts now citing federal precedent, and with many states now adopting E-Discovery protocol rules similar to the new Federal Rules, this promises to be a real possibility in state court as well.

The Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance For Corporates

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Auditing is a major concern of any company. Every organization should comply with rules and regulations set forth by the US government. One such regulation is Sarbanes-Oxley Act which applies to public companies.

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act was enacted as a reaction to a number of corporate and accounting scandals. These scandals shook the confidence of the public because they cost investors millions of dollars when the share price of the affected companies collapsed.

This Act does not apply to privately held companies though.

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act was passed into law in 2002 to protect investors by improving the accuracy and reliability of corporate disclosures. The requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley are that a public company must have written policies and procedures that are followed to protect the interests of its stock holders. This law totally changed the standards of all US public company boards, management and public accounting firms.The SOX orders strict reforms to improve financial disclosures from corporations and prevent accounting fraud.

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) requires that if a company records client personal information, it must be maintained in a secure manner. In the event any client’s personal information is compromised each client who may have been affected must be informed within a reasonable period of time.

The Act

  • Creates a Public Company Accounting Oversight Board to enforce professional standards, ethics, and competence for the accounting profession
  • Strengthens the independence of firms that audit public companies
  • Increases corporate responsibility and usefulness or corporate financial disclosure
  • Increases penalties for corporate wrongdoing
  • Protects the objectivity and independence of securities analysts
  • Increases Securities and Exchange Commission resources

Data Triage Technologies (DTT) provides confidential auditing services that comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley and ISO (1)7799. DTT’s consultants test and review network security policies and procedures and provide a detailed report addressing the security findings. Details of all work performed including testing and analysis of the network security situation is included in a comprehensive report and delivered to the client in a timely manner after completion of work.