Forensic Preservation and Collection Success Stories

Our Experts and Success Story | Large Accounting Firm

Large Accounting Firm

Our Experts

Todd Haley
Vice President, Strategic Solutions

Kristin Sunderman
Director, IT Operations

Brazil Williams
Data Analyst II

Problem

A financial services company was being investigated. The investigation caused the company to go bankrupt and brought on litigation. The accounting firm associated with the bankruptcy encountered issues with the data management and needed assistance with navigating all of the associated challenges.

Process

eTERA worked with All1ance One partner, CohnReznick, to identify over 12 TBs of both structured and unstructured data that needed to be immediately preserved. eTERA’s forensic team did an onsite data inventory, collected all unstructured data and helped transition the financial databases to the accounting firm. Todd Haley, Vice President of Business Intelligence, oversaw the entire forensic process to ensure that it met defensible standards. Kristin Sunderman, who was a Senior Consultant at the time,took control of the data for the initial bankruptcy review and handled all processing, hosting and productions. Due to the complexity of the multi-party litigation, eTERA's project team was brought in to ensure that there were no conflicts and manage some of the parties. Due to the volume of media, a dedicated specialist, Brazil Williams, ensured that all media tracked from start to finish throughout the complex chain of custody. Over the course of seven years, three other matters involved the data.

Solution

Forensics, Complex hosting, Multi-Plaintiff/Multi-Defendant, Data Repository, Multi-Use

Our Experts and Success Story | Large Technology Corporation


Large Technology Corporation

Our Experts

Todd Haley
Vice President, Strategic Solutions

Vazantha Meyers
Managing Director, Rev1ew One

Kristin Sunderman
Director, IT Operations

Problem

The client needed more than 50 laptops, network drives and cloud-based solutions collected, preserved, and processed with the first production complete within a two week timeframe.

Process

The client needed a large amount of data collected and processed in order to meet a court-ordered deadline. The shortened timeline and approaching deadline was caused by a previous service provider who collected the data improperly. eTERA was brought in to identify what had been done incorrectly, determine a quick collection strategy and move the process forward. Todd Haley coordinated the forensics group and assigned two forensics experts to work around the clock over a 3-day period of time, with multiple remote imaging machines and three imaging servers.

The eTERA team collected approximately 2.5 laptops per hour and were completed within the first 30 hours (overlap due to 2 hour average imaging time). Simultaneously, team members identified and collected from server locations and were complete within 36 hours. With data delivered on a continuous basis to eTERA’s national processing center, the team was able to start processing, filtering, hosting and review immediately. Kristin Sunderman, the Senior Consultant on this project, handled requests 24/7 to ensure that the data was ingested properly and search term reports were created. Kristin worked with the client to determine the most efficient method to get data to production. Analytics, as well as email threading and near-duplication, were used to consolidate the data and the first rolling production was complete within the first 7 days (exceeding two week time requirement). Vazantha Meyers took the lead on the managed review on this project, providing extensive quality control and review reporting to the client. The project was complete after three to four months.

Solution

Forensics, Advanced Filtering, Analytics, Managed Review