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Information Governance: Precrime and Early Case Assessment

Published on August 13, 2010 by in ECA, eDiscovery

I recently posted an article titled Best Practices: Stopping Precrime on The Modern Archivist. In this article, I wrote about the ability of organizations to stop information crimes before they happen by integrating “Precrime Intelligence” and Early Case Assessment into their standard, everyday Information Management processes, the same way that Tom Cruise attempted to stop crimes before they happened by analyzing the data that he had prior to going on site and collecting physical evidence.

While convicting people on precrime is not justifiable as demonstrated in the movie, leading companies are using Precrime Intelligence today to stop electronic violations before they occur as part of a broader Information Governance strategy. Precrime Intelligence allows organizations to automatically stop corporate and HR violations by analyzing ESI (email, files, etc) and flagging potential violations for review before the ESI has been delivered and the violation realized. By halting violations while they are still unrealized, organizations can lower their information risk profile.

The diagram below outlines the process for integrating Precrime Intelligence and ECA into a more traditional eDiscovery review model. The four columns below match the first four columns of the EDRM model (Information Management, Identification, Collection / Preservation, and Processing / Analysis / Review), demonstrating that, with the right solution, Analysis and Review and be brought forward in the process, performed proactively, and before costly manual collection.

For more information, please visit The Modern Archivist.

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