More than half of the 1,083 IT and IT security practitioners recently surveyed by Ponemon Institute said they are either unable or unsure of how to conduct e-discovery analysis on mobile devices.

The study, which focused on the investigation of data and security incidents involving mobile devices and e-discovery operations and was sponsored by AccessData, surveyed security executives worldwide on their organization’s ability to manage mobile investigations.

Half of the respondents said they are unable or unsure of how to locate sensitive data such as trade secrets and personally identifiable information on mobile devices, and nearly two-thirds of organizations’ security teams are involved with e-discovery operations.

A large majority, 86 percent, of survey respondents rate the investigation on mobile devices as difficult.

More than three-quarters of respondents said they would find value in a combined security, internal investigations and e-discovery platform that work seamlessly across their business units. “With the rapid advancements of technology, security and legal teams face greater challenges in reviewing terabytes of data to obtain meaningful information and actionable response,” Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute, said in a statement.

“It’s readily clear from the survey that mobile e-discovery processes need to incorporate powerful, intuitive technology so teams can conduct their investigations comprehensively and efficiently, saving time, resources and money for their company and clients.”

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