AccessData has announced the sale of its Litigation Support Services division to OmniVere. Funds from the transaction will be used to invest in AccessData’s growing developments in the incident resolution market. AccessData retains ownership of its long-standing Summation eDiscovery software applications, development of which continues as before. OmniVere takes over the hosting, support and services business.
I spoke to Craig Carpenter, AccessData’s chief marketing officer, who was enthusiastic about the benefits which the sale brings both to AccessData and to its large customer base. AccessData has been following three major development paths in parallel in the past two to three years – the data forensics technology with which it made its name (and mobile forensics in particular), the complete redevelopment of the Summation eDiscovery product set which it acquired from Wolters Kluwer, and the new area of cybersecurity and incident resolution.
Incident resolution is the key and critical concern of any company at the moment and, if it is not, then it should be. AccessData has developed its Continuous Automated Incident Response (CAIR) to serve this market. Offering forensics tools and eDiscovery software as well allows AccessData to meet a broad range of concerns at the top of many board room agendas.
Hosting services, and the provision of related services, form a self-contained entity. It is important to AccessData that its eDiscovery software clients have the best possible service and the new relationship with OmniVere seems a good way of allowing AccessData to focus on development, particularly in incident resolution, whilst keeping its eDiscovery customers happy.
The focus on security issues appear appears clearly from the agenda at the AccessData User Conference, ADUC 2014, taking place this week in Las Vegas. The keynote speaker, as I have said in an earlier article, is Howard Schmidt, former cyber adviser to Presidents Barack Obama and George W Bush, and there is a strong security and forensics element in the agenda and the speaker list.
I will not be there – it clashes with the Information Governance eDiscovery Summit in London. In due course, I hope to speak to OmniVere to find out their plans for the development of the hosting and support business.