Symantec Speaks Legalese

Symantec has refreshed its e-discovery offering to add support for new federal regulations, along with new services and partnerships.

Enterprise Vault Discovery Accelerator 6.0 extends the basic search functionality of Enterprise Vault e-mail and file archiving software to collect, preserve, search and produce e-mail and other electronic records.

Version 6.0 has been developed specifically to help customers comply with e-discovery requirements established by amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that are scheduled to take effect Dec. 1. The rules set requirements for companies producing electronic evidence, such as e-mail or instant messages, in lawsuits.

Discovery Accelerator 6.0 is one component of the new Symantec Messaging Retention and Discovery program, which also includes: a partnership with e-discovery law firm Redgrave Daley Ragan & Wagner LLP; a software and services partnership with RenewData to restore and migrate historical data from backup tapes and legacy archives to a single searchable archive; and a technology partner program to integrate legal software tools from the likes of Clearwell, CT Summation, Ibis Consulting and MetaLINCS with Discovery Accelerator 6.0.

“Organizations across all industries will have to revamp their e-discovery strategies to comply with the amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,” Francis deSouza, Symantec’s vice president of Enterprise Messaging Management solutions, said in a statement. “IT departments need to prepare for strict requirements around the preservation of data prior to and during litigation, mindful of the sanctions and fines that can result from poor procedures.”

Symantec’s Messaging Retention and Discovery program will help customers “fulfill their legal obligation and significantly reduce the time and costs of doing so,” deSouza said.

Discovery Accelerator 6.0 allows corporate legal departments to search Enterprise Vault archives to respond to litigation matters or investigations.

One significant provision in the upcoming amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure demands the preservation of data during the course of litigation, also known as the legal hold requirement. Symantec said Discovery Accelerator 6.0 creates automated legal holds to ensure that all e-mails, instant messages, files and other content relevant to a specific case or cases are not deleted as part of an organization’s standard records retention and deletion schedule.

Symantec said Discovery Accelerator holds relevant data without requiring an entire company’s dataset to be put on hold, and without requiring manual effort by end users. Version 6.0 also features enhanced search capabilities and an ability to produce e-mail, IM, files and other content in their native formats, also a requirement of the new regulations.

Symantec noted that an Enterprise Strategy Group survey of organizations that have been through an electronic discovery in the past 12 months found that more than 75 percent were forced to produce e-mail as part of the discovery process.

Pricing for Enterprise Vault server starts at $3,360. Estimated prices for additional services per 1,000 users are: Exchange or Domino Journaling, $13,588; Discovery Accelerator, $18,117; and basic support, $7,535.

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Paul Shread
Paul Shread
eSecurity Editor Paul Shread has covered nearly every aspect of enterprise technology in his 20+ years in IT journalism, including an award-winning series on software-defined data centers. He wrote a column on small business technology for Time.com, and covered financial markets for 10 years, from the dot-com boom and bust to the 2007-2009 financial crisis. He holds a market analyst certification.

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