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iDS SERVICES

Your journey with iDS begins with our team of experts gaining an understanding of your objectives viewed through the lens of our STEPS™ framework. In doing so, we are able to customize a strategic plan of action that is made to address your specific needs and desired outcome. This plan may include one or more of the following services listed below.

CYBERSECURITY

Opportunity
You have data – lots and lots of data. So does your organization. It is stored on desktops, laptops, mobile devices, file servers, email servers, cloud servers, archiving appliances, external storage devices, SharePoint sites, websites, social media accounts, and elsewhere.

Challenge
Your data needs to be protected – always.

Solution
As organizations shift to digital environments, their data is increasingly under threat. A single incident can cause devasting organizational, financial, and reputational harm. iDS’ cybersecurity services strengthen your security posture through expert-driven risk mitigation and incident response strategies.
Outcome: We can help you protect your data by leveraging our proactive and reactive cybersecurity services that can be tailored to your specific data sources. You can feel confident that your most valuable asset – your data – is safe.

Outcome
We can help you protect your data by leveraging our proactive and reactive cybersecurity services that can be tailored to your specific data sources. You can feel confident that your most valuable asset – your data – is safe.

Assessments

Employing sophisticated tools and recognized industry standards, including those outlined in the NIST cybersecurity framework, iDS evaluates your current security posture and identifies any gaps. Based on our findings, iDS creates a detailed security roadmap that lays out prioritized steps related to your people, processes, and technology. Each step includes estimates for effort, cost, and timing.

Privacy (Compliance)

Opportunity
When data subjects exercise their rights to request personally identifiable information (PII) held by organizations, locating the data is not the only challenge; reviewing and effectively turning over documents with maximum efficiency is paramount to control costs.

Challenge
As soon as a data subject requests the PII stored about them, organizations are in a race against the clock to collect, aggregate, and review the data. This can be more challenging than a typical document review as the PII relating to third parties must be redacted prior to the document response to the requesting data subject. Otherwise, the organization faces potential data breach issues. 

Solution
 iDS takes this unique challenge into consideration and offers efficient and effective solutions rather than off-the-shelf products fit for other purposes.  A solid information governance program will provide organizations a significant head start in identifying potential data sources and responding to data subjects’ requests. iDS is there to support this endeavor.  Once data is collected and ready to be reviewed prior to the response, the real impact of a customized solution is the reduction in the total cost of review.  Using a combination of human and machine logic, the documents most likely in need of potential redaction are segregated from those purely relating to the data subject, and advanced highlighting can be used to draw the attention of reviewers quickly to areas thematically related to PII.

Outcome
Maximize the time you have to respond to data subject requests by understanding where your data lives.  This can be best achieved through deliverables such as data maps, data retention policies (assessed or newly created) etc. Control the cost of the review and response by using technology to reduce the haystack and implement a workflow tailored efficiently and cost effectively for faster decision making and a notable rise in documents reviewed per hour.

Digital Forensics

Opportunity
Your organization, large or small, produces volumes of data that grow every day. If you have desktops, laptops, smartphones, tablets, file servers, email servers, archiving appliances, external storage devices, SharePoint sites, websites, and social media accounts – the generators of the data of your organization – your total data volume is increasing exponentially.

Challenge
You need to be able to access this data for business purposes. You also need to locate it, collect it, preserve it, and review it for other purposes too. Why? Because data tells a story. It shows who created it, how it was created, and when it was created.

Solution
 iDS addresses digital forensics with highly experienced consulting and testifying experts. We assess and identify the systems and hardware housing your data that needs to be preserved. iDS collects that data using forensically sound methods that are repeatable and defensible. Our team has the knowledge to preserve, receive, collect, and analyze your data. Let us assess your system artifacts and determine how they relate to user actions. Identify recoverable data and uncover data destruction. Establish whether events told through data are evidence of something that requires further attention.

Outcome
iDS is here to help you tackle your clients’ needs including collections, analyzing evidence, and providing the supporting testimony. At iDS, we have the collective expertise to accurately, thoroughly, and defensibly recount the story of your data.

Collections

A streamlined process to respond to your collection, including responding to discovery requirements and obligations imposed by litigation, means you need to understand what is involved. Not only do you need to know where the data is stored, but you need to tackle its collection onsite, remotely, or sent for in-lab work. iDS’ team of expert consultants are well-versed in responding to data collection requirements. Let them help your corporate IT and legal teams fine-tune their data collection planning, protocols, and procedures. We have the unique ability to provide collection solutions to meet your needs and obligations that have been vetted by individuals of diverse backgrounds with unique perspectives.

Discovery Services

Opportunity
You need to quickly identify relevant emails, documents, etc. in a huge universe of data, so that you can help craft your clients’ litigation strategy.

Challenge
The ‘universe of data’ is larger than expected. You need to execute complex queries to help narrow the documents needing review, and ultimately produce documents in accordance with an ESI Protocol, and you want to do all that without wasting time and money.

Solution
iDS tackles the challenge of unstructured data (i.e., email and electronic documents) discovery with experienced consulting and testifying experts. We assist with the identification, acquisition, analysis, and production of unstructured data sources such as email systems, file servers, desktop and laptop computers, data created by a back-up process, and other traditional data sources. iDS’s experts are consultative by nature. We do not believe the answer is to simply collect and process all of a client’s data; rather, we believe that our approach is most cost effective. We do this through technology and expertise to get to the most relevant data by leveraging analytics tools for document review, email threading and near deduplication, and technology assisted review.  We have experience with multiple analytics tools, including Brainspace and Relativity, and can provide guidance for the optimal solution for your review goals and timelines.  Our engagement management and consulting teams work with you to provide insights into your data and how to maximize your review.

Outcome
Successfully process, host, review, and produce your data in a defensible, time effective, and cost-efficient manner with a team that is willing to standby its work and testify if needed.

Processing & Hosting

iDS’ consultants and analysts have the extensive experience and deep industry knowledge to process and review your data using methods that are repeatable and defensible. Our goal is to guide you through the process to ensure you are making the best possible decision with the desired outcome. Reviewing ESI in its original source format and native file application can lead to data corruption, spoliation issues, and eDiscovery protocol challenges. iDS subjects all ESI—regardless of data volume—to repeatable and defensible protocols. iDS implements advanced data minimization techniques to efficiently cull undesirable data and duplicates. We can even work with your legal team to conduct a comprehensive early case assessment (ECA) prior to a Rule 26(f) conference, discovery negotiations, and the service of discovery demands. Our ESI consultants and analysts are highly experienced and incredibly knowledgeable about data and underlying technology. We’ve worked on some of the largest reviews in U.S. litigation history and logged time on hundreds of matters involving the processing and review of millions of documents. Additionally, our experts will work directly with your team to develop, evaluate, and execute search term analytics as needed. From planning to execution, iDS has the collective expertise to address all your processing needs. Our process increases the accuracy of and reduces the time to complete a document review.

STRUCTURED DATA & ANALYTICS (xIOT®)

Opportunity
Your organization has structured data, perhaps large volumes of it, and it needs to be collected, preserved, processed, analyzed, reviewed, and ultimately produced.

Challenge
Structured data (i.e., data from databases) systems pose unique challenges in a litigation setting: data volumes are expanding exponentially; enterprise structured data systems are growing in complexity as new formats are developed; and parties are increasingly requesting the production of structured data during discovery.

Solution
iDS tackles the challenge of structured data discovery with experienced consulting and testifying experts. We assist with the identification, acquisition, analysis, and production of structured data systems. Using visualizations, graphs, and statistical models, we make large amounts of data easy to comprehend. iDS’s Data Analytics team has extensive experience with the preservation and collection of active and legacy enterprise database systems, including Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, and DB2.

Outcome
If your matter involves structured data, iDS is uniquely qualified with our team of consultants and analysts, leveraging the power of xIOT®.

Collections

iDS team of experts collaborate with system admins, business leaders and end users to understand the nuances of a database and design defensible extraction protocols. We have the unique ability to provide collection solutions to meet your needs and obligations that have been vetted by individuals of diverse backgrounds with unique perspectives.

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