Often times we find that clients of Garrett Discovery Inc. (GDI) have a hard time distinguishing between Forensics and eDiscovery. To assist in understanding the difference, we often repeat how a federal judge once described the difference to a litigant:
“If you can sit at a computer, navigate to the file being a user of the computer, that is eDiscovery.”
“If you must use specialized software, recover data, examine deleted data or parse through files that cannot be interpreted easily, that is Forensics.”
In GDI’s practice, these two distinct disciplines are treated completely different with many varying skillsets. It is daily that GDI receive calls from top tier eDiscovery companies asking if GDI can perform data collection for them on complex computer systems. Of course, GDI takes this work, as most firms would, if GDI has the bandwidth and talent to perform that task at hand. Wholesale data collection is sometimes difficult as modern systems have all types of storage and media types to include, RAID storage, encrypted drives, Macbook (very problematic), mobile phones, vehicle infotainments systems that hold text and GPS logs to traditional discovery of files on servers, desktops and laptops.
How you preserve data greatly affects your case!
Most forensic and eDiscovery professionals are familiar with data preservation. GDI often sees eDiscovery professionals wanting to only preserve what is relevant and necessary and forensic professionals wanting to preserve everything. It is important to understand the types of preservation and what is preserved when choosing that method. A few basic types are:
The next article GDI will talk about the costs of each of the above and you may be surprised that performing a targeted data collection may cost you more on the front end than physical imaging, but that overcollection may cost you more during your culling process on the back end. There are very compelling reasons to perform one type of preservation over the other.
Garrett Discovery Inc. is a full service Digital Forensic and eDiscovery Firm. Criminal Defense to Civil Litigation to Subject Investigations, GDI have an unsurpassed reputation with a combined 100 years litigation experience and that means you benefit from our institutional knowledge.