I am at CEIC 2013, the big annual conference covering forensics, cybersecurity and eDiscovery run each year by Guidance Software. The event has outgrown its previous venue here in Orlando, and is at the vast Rosen Shingle Creek.
The view from my room suggests leisure and relaxation:
At the other end of the building, however, final preparations are in hand for a combination of exhibits, hands-on labs and a full agenda of talks and panels.
Guidance Software has new products to show us, and we get updates on a wide range of subjects. It would be interesting to look back at the agendas over the years (I have lost count) over which I have been coming to this event. Security issues bulk larger now, and we are seeing more nuance in the eDiscovery side as the software moves towards yet more cost-effective ways of getting lawyer eyes on reviewable populations (that is, the material worth reviewing) as quickly as possible.
I am doing two panels here. One is on the crossover between information governance and eDiscovery, which I am doing with Scott Carlson of Seyfarth Shaw and Chad McManamy of Guidance Software. We don’t just have too much stuff – it comes in new forms, on an ever-wider range of devices, whose proliferation brings benefits which are not to be ignored but at considerable risk if left uncontrolled. The expression “Big Data” is not just another way of saying “lots of information”.
My other panel, which I am doing twice here, is the 2013 version of one I have done here most years. Though billed as Managing Cross-Border and International Regulatory Inquiries, its scope is wider than regulation, extending to any context where data must be collected for US purposes from jurisdictions which exercise tight control over private information. As usual, my co-panel members include Patrick Burke, formerly of Guidance and now at Reed Smith, and Dominic Jaar of KPMG Canada; we are joined this year by Forrest Smith of Nissan USA, and Bryant Bell from Guidance Software is the moderator.
Only last week, we had a new Opinion from Judge Scheindlin on document collections from China to remind us that this subject is not going away.
There is something for everyone here and the place is filling up with every new flight into Orlando. I am looking forward to it as always.