Jan 222010

I have been on the road now interviewing many of the CIOs in the CIO Exec Series Group to develop the content for the 2010 year.   We have the eDiscovery Virtual Roundtable next week and this blog post is an interesting discussion I had with this CIO friend of mine who had to dive deeply into the eDiscovery field over the past 18 months.   He actually used the Forensics for Dummies book. For a small to medium business CIO with 300 – 1,000 employees this may be all that is needed for you.

Here is a quick tool kit of products that he cobbled together to assist his attorneys in eDiscovery efforts. 

He uses the Barracuda product for email archiving. 

For OCR functionality and Indexing he uses a product called ABBYY that you can buy for less than $400 through CDW.  

He also uses a product made by Cleverbridge to check all documents for encrypted files since you can’t OCR encrypted files.  This product scans and finds all of these documents and removes their passwords on over 300 file types.

For the final Forensics part of the toolkit, he uses a fascinating product called Encase made by Guidance Software. They are the leading in the world for Digital Investigation software. You can check them out HERE.

He added that you will need lots of computing horsepower so make sure you build a powerful server to do the crunching.   eDiscovery for less than $10 grand – not bad.

This CIO wants to remain anonymous, but I want to thank him for his contribution here.   If you have comments, please post them below.