AccessData has a long history of involvement in the collection and management of electronic discovery data. Originally a forensic collections specialist, it expanded into the later stages of electronic discovery by its purchase and redevelopment of Summation as part of AD eDiscovery. It has extended from there to incident resolution solutions with its ResolutionOne Platform.
The digital forensics and eDiscovery target is not a static one, and the days are gone when it was enough to collect emails, Word files and spreadsheets, and other behind-the-firewall data. The fastest-moving source, in every sense, is mobile data, stuff created on smartphones, tablets and other devices which create and collect data outside the company’s perimeter fence.
Enter Druva, whose business is the collection and preservation of data created on these mobile endpoints. With taglines like “Outside the firewall is the wild world” and “Regain control of your mobile workforce data”, Druva has grown quickly, recently raising a further $25 million for what it calls “Post-PC data governance technology”.
Druva already has a partnership with Recommind to bring this data into Axcelerate. It has now announced a partnership with AccessData for the same purpose – its press release is here. The idea is that Druva’s inSync endpoint data protection and governance platform will supply litigation-related endpoint information to AccessData’s AD eDiscovery solution without end-user knowledge (where that is permitted and appropriate) and without slowing down devices. inSync continuously creates a centralised record of all endpoint data, identifying relevant files and placing a hold on them. The data can subsequently and easily be aggregated with data from more conventional sources.