An Exhilarating Inversion? Eighteen Observations on eDiscovery Business Confidence in the Winter of 2020

In the winter of 2020, 51.4% of survey respondents feel that revenue in the next sixth months will be higher than today. This percentage is higher than feelings on this metric in the fall of 2019 (39.3%) and the summer of 2019 (41.6%) and represents a strong rebound rating for this metric as it is the highest rating in this area since the fall of 2018.

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Securing the Cloud? Guidance from the NSA on Mitigating Cloud Vulnerabilities

According to the National Security Agency, managing risk in the cloud requires that customers fully consider exposure to threats and vulnerabilities, not only during procurement but also as an on-going process. Clouds can provide a number of security advantages over traditional, on-premises technology, such as the ability to thoroughly automate security-relevant processes, including threat and incident response. With careful implementation and management, cloud capabilities can minimize risks associated with cloud adoption, and empower customers to take advantage of cloud security enhancements.

Five Great Reads on Data Discovery and Legal Discovery for January 2020

From business confidence to deep truths about deepfakes, the January 2020 edition of the Five Great Reads on Data Discovery and Legal Discovery newsletter provides a selection of recent and relevant articles and research shared to update legal, information technology, and business professionals on the art and science of eDiscovery.

An Obvious and Immediate Concern? The Impact of Increasing Types of Data on the Business of eDiscovery

In the winter of 2020, 25.3% of respondents to the quarterly eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey viewed increasing data types as potentially having the greatest business impact on their business in the next six months. This percentage is the highest of all concerns represented in the survey and also is the third time in seventeen surveys that this issue has been rated as the top concern by eDiscovery professionals. This is also the highest percentage of survey respondents viewing increasing types of data as a top concern since the inception of the survey.

Challenged by Privacy? The NIST Privacy Framework

The NIST Privacy Framework is a voluntary tool intended to help organizations identify and manage privacy risk to build innovative products and services while protecting individuals’ privacy.

eDiscovery Business Kinetics: A Look at Operational Metrics in the Winter of 2020

In the winter of 2020, 124 eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey participants chose to answer at least one of the optional business operational metric survey questions in the quarterly survey. Almost 35% (34.7%) of survey respondents reported Monthly Recurring Revenue (MRR) as increasing in the winter of 2020. This is a solid increase from approximately 25% (24.8.%) reporting MRR as increasing in the fall of 2019.

Cellebrite Acquires BlackBag Technologies

“This acquisition will allow Cellebrite to accelerate the delivery of new Digital Intelligence solutions and services that will empower our customers and allow them to maximize the efficiency and accuracy of their digital investigations. The acquisition is a major milestone in our journey to help our customers build safer communities and we welcome the BlackBag team to Cellebrite.”

Estonia and the United States to Build a Joint Cyber Threat Intelligence Platform

“The goal is to develop an automized cyber threat intelligence system between the US and Estonian defense forces, tailored to the specific needs of the two nations to enhance the cyber defense capabilities of the two parties. Regular exchange of threat intelligence between actors is one of the core principles of cyber defense today,” said Kusti Salm, Director General of the Estonian Centre for Defence Investment.

FTC and DOJ Announce Draft Vertical Merger Guidelines for Public Comment

According to Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, “The revised draft guidelines are based on new economic understandings and the agencies’ experience over the past several decades and better reflect the agencies’ actual practice in evaluating proposed vertical mergers. Once finalized, the Vertical Merger Guidelines will provide more clarity and transparency on how we review vertical transactions.”