Integreon has launched an eDiscovery platform that it says can collect electronically stored information without the need for data to be physically collected by forensic experts.
The firm says Seek & Collect is a plug and play device which executes automatically when connected to a computer and can collect information from potentially hundreds of client sites. This is particularly useful for geographically-diverse companies, Integreon adds.
Integreon's forensic experts can establish what files need to be preserved and set the appliances to collect forensically sound, logical copies of those files and their directories, without altering dates or metadata to avoid data spoliation, the firm said.
"Our forensics team saw the unmet need in the market for a simple solution that could quickly pull together a defensible set of evidence from multiple locations worldwide without having to send an expert to physically retrieve that data," said Jeffrey Fehrman, vice president of forensics and consulting at Integreon's Electronic Evidence Labs. "Seek & Collect accomplishes this while still complying with the complex framework of data privacy laws around the world. Seek & Collect is also field-proven technology."
Fehrman added that Integreon has shipped over 1,000 devices to customers in 10 different countries.
Each file collected by Seek & Collect is given a unique hash value identifier and saved onto an encrypted archive container for secure transport. It is then stored in secure evidence room within the company's Electronic Evidence Lab.
Analyst house Gartner has tipped eDiscovery for big things in 2010 with revenue expected to pass $1.2bn this year, up from $1bn in 2009. The growth in the market is being fuelled by increasing levels of litigation across the business world.
Integreon is a provider of integrated research, legal and business services. Its customers include law firms and financial services companies.