Dave Packer, Director of Product Marketing at Druva, discussed eDiscovery technology and its impact on the mobile workforce during his presentation at the 2014 Leadership in Legal Technology event in New York on July 15. In his presentation, “eDiscovery Technology and the Impact of the Mobile Workforce,” Packer noted millions of mobile devices are being used worldwide, and mixing personal and business data on these devices can be problematic for organizations of all sizes.
According to Packer, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies can quickly become bring-your-own-disaster policies if organizations are not careful. Instead, Packer recommended organizations should take a non-traditional look at data management and storage. While the cloud is a popular option for organizations to control their data, Packer said, organizations must understand the impact of cloud computing technology to avoid data breaches and other cybersecurity issues: “There’s no such thing as the cloud; it’s a thousand clouds around the world – we don’t know what region the data’s in, we don’t know if that’s a corporate sanctioned service.”
New technologies are making it easier for organizations to differentiate corporate data from personal data on mobile devices, Packer said. In addition, Packer noted organizations need to find ways to manage data in a way that gives them greater visibility for compliance and eDiscovery purposes. Packer said organizations need to fully understand mobile security challenges as well: “Regarding mobile security, how do you protect that data? How do you collect it and manage it? This opens up some new areas. A lot of information is no longer behind the firewall. It’s outside the firewall. You need to be very conscious of that.”