Cobalt Iron Inc., global provider of cloud-based data protection and security solutions, has announced that it has received a patent for its techniques related to electronic discovery (e-discovery) when searching for data in backup storage. Solidifying Cobalt Iron's advanced enterprise-data discipline capabilities and providing further proof of it, this patent represents the company's unique approach to managing backup data sets to facilitate e-discovery requests.
As a result, CIOs, data custodians, compliance officers, systems administrators, backup administrators, and other IT professionals who use Cobalt Iron's Adaptive Data Protection platform can fulfill e-discovery requests more quickly and cost-effectively, with verifiable data discipline.
Adaptive Data Protection platform
Among the largest data targets for e-discovery searches in most enterprises are backup data sets
In today's business and regulatory climate, it is essential for enterprises to be able to respond to e-discovery requests in a timely, comprehensive, and cost-efficient manner. Among the largest data targets for e-discovery searches in most enterprises are backup data sets, which typically contain copies and versions of all key corporate data.
Performing e-discovery data searches on these enterprise backup data sets can be complex, time-consuming, and very costly. Enterprise data custodians struggle with balancing the demands of legal e-discovery requests against the challenges and costs of performing the searches.
e-discovery in backup data
This Cobalt Iron patent unveils novel techniques for facilitating electronic discovery in backup data including:
- Extracting metadata from a backup data set for e-discovery
- Efficiently identifying a subset of data within a backup data set associated with an e-discovery request
- Performing data reduction on data targeted by an e-discovery request
- Preserving a native file format and a chain of custody for each data item in a backup data set identified by an e-discovery request
- Applying e-discovery and backup policies to data identified by an e-discovery request
- Automatically copying e-discovery data that is about to be deleted or modified within a backup data storage
"Cobalt Iron's new electronic discovery techniques bring insights and efficiencies to corporate data custodians, allowing them to manage e-discovery requests more effectively and introduce new levels of data discipline," said Richard Spurlock, CEO and founder of Cobalt Iron. "Preserving native file formats, maintaining a chain of custody, and applying e-discovery policy for each data item identified by an e-discovery request greatly simplifies the arduous tasks associated with regulatory compliance."