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Ponemon and AccessData Study Reveals Significant Concerns around Mobile E-Discovery and Data Investigations

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NEW YORK -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- AccessData and the Ponemon Institute today released new findings focused on the investigation of data and security incidents involving mobile devices and e-discovery operations. The survey, sponsored by AccessData, the leader in incident resolution solutions, surveyed CISOs and security technicians in the United States and EMEA on their organization’s ability to manage mobile investigations.

The respondents shared growing concerns that mobile e-discovery and mobile analysis when tied to a company’s breach investigation was a difficult process. Key findings revealed:

  • Over half of the respondents were either unable or unsure of how to conduct e-discovery analysis on mobile devices
  • Half of the respondents were unable or unsure of how to locate sensitive data such as trade secrets and Personally Identifiable Information (PII) on mobile devices
  • Nearly two-thirds of organizations’ security teams are involved with e-discovery operations
  • Over three quarters of respondents said they would find value in a combined security, internal investigations and e-discovery platform that work seamlessly across their business units

“With the rise in mobile device usage, an increasingly mobile workforce and BYOD, mobile data is now a crucial source of e-discovery evidence for security and legal departments,” said Craig Carpenter, Chief Cybersecurity Strategist at AccessData. “Mobile information found in applications, SMS texts, images, log files and geo-location data are critical to getting a better understanding of an entire data incident or investigation. Without the ability to quickly collect and analyze mobile ESI, legal, InfoSec and IT departments will not be able to effectively manage investigations and litigation.”

“With the rapid advancements of technology, security and legal teams face greater challenges in reviewing terabytes of data to obtain meaningful information and actionable response,” said Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute. “It’s readily clear from the survey that mobile e-discovery processes need to incorporate powerful, intuitive technology so teams can conduct their investigations comprehensively and efficiently, saving time, resources and money for their company and clients.”

For detailed survey results, please visit Ponemon Institute and AccessData will release the broader report entitled Threat Intelligence and Incident Response Survey later this month.

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About the Ponemon Institute

The Ponemon Institute© is dedicated to advancing responsible information and privacy management practices in business and government. To achieve this objective, the Institute conducts independent research, educates leaders from the private and public sectors and verifies the privacy and data protection practices of organizations in a variety of industries. For more information, visit

About AccessData

AccessData Group makes the world’s most advanced and intuitive incident resolution solutions. AccessData technology delivers comprehensive, real-time insight, analysis, response and resolution of data incidents, including cyberthreats, insider threats, mobile and BYOD risk, GRC (Governance Risk & Compliance) and eDiscovery events, and overwhelming data variety and volume (i.e. “Big Data”). Over 130,000 users in law enforcement, government agencies, corporations and law firms around the world rely on AccessData software to protect them against the risks present in today’s environment of continuous compromise.

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