The average company spends between $100,000 and $1,000,000 in total ramifications per year for data loss. (Source: 7th Annual ICSA Lab's Virus Prevalence Survey, March 2002)
Electronic Discovery (or E-Discovery) refers to any process in which electronic data is sought, located, secured, and searched with the intent of using it as evidence in a civil or criminal legal case. Electronic Discovery can be carried out offline on a particular computer or it can be done across a network.
Various types of data may be considered as critical evidence in a case. These types of data include:
- plain text and documents
- calendar files
- digital faxes
- audio files
- computer applications
- viruses and spyware
With the increased usage and dependence on the Internet - for corporate and individual communication - e-mail is a valuable source of evidence.