If your company was hit with a lawsuit, would you be prepared for an e-discovery request? For instance, does your company have formal e-discovery policies? Do you know what data to store and how long to store it? Does your company provide employees with e-discovery training?
When we surveyed 711 TechRepublic members about e-discovery, we found that many of their companies were ill prepared for e-discovery requests. (You can download all the e-discovery survey results.) Without policies and procedures in place, you could be setting your company up for huge fines and sanctions.
To help you prepare for e-discovery requests, we have compiled the TechRepublic Special Report entitled Prepare for e-discovery requests: How to avoid disastrous legal sanctions and fines. E-discovery expert Tom Olzak provides useful tips about what to store, content monitoring and filtering, messaging retrieval and protection, employee awareness training, and more. Best-selling IT author Debra Littlejohn Shinder educates you on laws relating to digital evidence and offers details about laws of admissibility of evidence.
Here's an excerpt from the E-discovery Special Report, which demonstrates why IT leaders should know the ins and outs about e-discovery:
"...recent decisions in Federal courts, as well as changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, reflect a shift toward holding respondents -- the providers of information requested during discovery --responsible to pay for producing ESI. This responsibility is based on the assumption that a reasonable IT manager understands the need for knowing where his or her organization's information is kept, whether it should be accessible during discovery, how to provide an environment in which documents and other information can be easily placed and kept on 'legal hold,' and the how to implement and use the tools necessary to provide them on demand."
Download the TechRepublic Special Report about E-discovery, and then post your feedback about the report in the discussion.
Mary Weilage is a Senior Editor for CBS Interactive. She has worked for TechRepublic since 1999.