The process of e-discovery is often associated with astronomical costs, and as expense continues to grow, so does organizational risk. The true cost of e-discovery is not only the hard dollars spent on consultants and services but also the internal staff time and utilization of organizational assets that affect the bottom line. But approached properly, these costs can be managed and organizations can even decrease expenditures while mitigating risk.

Most e-discovery events (criminal, civil and regulatory) target email and electronic documents and require massive amounts of time to find, index, manage, review and produce information. Information overload increases the complexity of the problem. Organizations do not know what information they have, where it is stored and what electronic objects should be kept or destroyed.

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