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Monday, October 12, 2009

eDiscovery Solutions Group to Offer File Transfer Security Solution to Technology Vendors and End-users in eDiscovery and Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC)

With the accellerating increase in the amount of Electronically Stored Information (ESI) and the subsequent exponential increase in the amount data that has to be saved, collected, analyzed and produced to meet the reporting reqirements of today's global enterprise, file transfer security and integrity should be on the minds of every CIO and General Counsel in the world. However, I believe that many of us have been lulled into a false sense of "secutiry" and throw around terms like MD5 and SHA hash, SSL certificates and ditigal signatures to cover our true understanding of whether or not "our data" is really safe.

Following the lead of IBM, Sun Microsystems and the UK Government, eDiscovery Solutions Group believes that there is market for next generation file transfer security and integrity and has therefore announced that is has formed a partnership with Tru Data Integrity Limited to Market the TruSeal™ Electronically Stored Information (ESI) Integrity and File Transfer Security Solution to Technology Vendors and End-users in the eDiscovery and Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) markets.

The full text of the press release is as follows:

New York, New York (October 6, 2009) - eDiscovery Solutions Group, an emerging leader in providing comprehensive eDiscovery and Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) consulting, services and technology worldwide announced today that it has entered into a partnership with Tru Data Integrity Limited, a European-based provider of next generation Electronically Stored Information (ESI) file transfer security solutions.

TruSeal™ is a next generation “disruptive” technology that enables users to digitally fingerprint and timestamp any Electronically Stored Information (ESI), assign a unique digital signature, store the signature and associated information about the ESI on a secure cloud based server and then require any third parties that need to read the ESI to verify their credentials. All calls to and from the server are securely encrypted as is the TruSeal record. In addition, the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) based system keeps a complete audit log of all activities. Packaged for use by both end-user as a stand-alone system and as a component to be integrated with Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC), eDiscovery and other ESI management platforms that require a high level of data security and integrity, TruSeal™ is easy to use and will fulfill the integrity requirements of even the most stringent users.

TruSeal™ has successfully completed extensive testing at IBM's Research and Development facility in Hursley in the United Kingdom. TruSeal™ has been granted both hardware and software clearance status for incorporation into value propositions throughout the IBM organization. With IBM’s "chiphopper" and “blue stack” status, TruSeal™ is now immediately available to work with DB2, Lotus Notes and Websphere, Integrations with Domino, Content Manager, Web forms and Tivoli are key elements of the TruSeal™ product roadmap.

In addition, Sun Microsystems has integrated TruSeal™ in a new approach to data retention. Focusing on communication service providers (CSPs), Sun’s Secure Data Retrieval Server (SDRS), combines data storage, highly secure operating system and data management software with TruSeal™ to provide a solution to the new EU Communication Data Retention initiative.

Further, Tru Data Integrity’s TruSeal™ product is the sole UK Government accredited product to lend integrity to any digital information on a COTS (commercial off the shelf) product. The GGAP objective is to establish and formalize partnerships with IT and business suppliers, and thereby facilitate innovation to assist the EDT in the implementation of the Transformational Government Agenda.

Under the terms of the partnership, eDiscovery Solutions Group will immediately begin marketing TruSeal™ to the legal and IT departments of the Global 2000, law firms and to Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC), eDiscovery and other ESI management platforms that require a high level of data security and integrity.

“ESI security and integrity is an issue that has been on the minds of every CIO in the Global 2000 for the past 10 years. However, when you now have the real requirements of GRC and eDiscovery brought on by changes to the federal rules of civil procedure and beefed up government statutes to address the collapse of worldwide financial systems in 2008, ESI security and integrity may be the single most important issue facing the Global 2000 in 2009 and beyond,” states Charles Skamser, President and CEO of eDiscovery Solutions Group. “Therefore, we are very pleased to have formed a partnership with an organization with the reputation of Tru Data Integrity Limited and believe that together we will be very successful addressing the needs of the ESI security markets for years for come,” added Mr. Skamser.

Tru Data Integrity Limited is a company of Singlepoint Holdings Limited, a privately funded international group, founded in 2003 to address the compliance and legality issues affecting digital data.

Singlepoint Data Services Ltd, Tru Data Integrity’s sister company, was born to meet the requirements of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (2000) (RIPA). It is the only organization accredited by the Home Office to act as a 'clearing house' for acquisition of communications data, as held by Telecommunications and Internet Service Providers for lawful business purposes. Access is required by a range of Law Enforcement Agencies including the Security and Intelligence Services, all Police Services, and a number of National Regulatory Bodies for the purpose of supporting criminal investigations.

“We are very pleased to be partnering with eDiscovery Solutions Group and becoming a member of the eDiscovery Solutions Group worldwide consortium, “stated Alun Thomas, Chief Executive Tru Data Integrity Limited, “We believe that TruSeal™ will have an immediate and lasting impact on the GRC and eDiscovery markets for both end users and solution vendors, ” added Mr. Thomas.

The worldwide security software market will total $14.5 billion in 2009, an 8 per cent increase from 2008, according to Gartner, Inc. In 2008, it grew at 19 per cent, and Gartner anticipates the market to grow 13 per cent in 2010 as revenue will total $16.3 billion. In Europe, the security software market will total €3.2 billion in 2009, representing 7 per cent growth from 2008.

“Although the worldwide security software market is affected by the economic downturn, the growth will continue to be strong in 2009 as security remains a critical area where drastic cuts cannot be afforded,” said Ruggero Contu, principal research analyst at Gartner. “In the medium term, the greatest growth opportunities will come from software as a service (SaaS), appliance based offering and small and medium businesses (SMBs), which are in security catch-up mode compared with large companies and therefore spend a higher percentage of their budgets on security.

Additional information is available in the Gartner report “Market Trends: Security Markets, Worldwide, 2007-2013.” The report is available on Gartner’s website at http://www.gartner.com/DisplayDocument?ref=g_search&id=1107215&subref=simplesearch.

About Tru Data Integrity Limited Tru Data Integrity Limited is a company of Singlepoint Holdings Limited, a privately funded international group, founded in 2003 to address the compliance and legality issues affecting digital data.

Singlepoint Data Services Ltd, Tru Data Integrity’s sister company, was born to meet the requirements of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (2000) (RIPA). It is the only organization accredited by the Home Office to act as a 'clearing house' for acquisition of communications data, as held by Telecommunications and Internet Service Providers for lawful business purposes. Access is required by a range of Law Enforcement Agencies including the Security and Intelligence Services, all Police Services, and a number of National Regulatory Bodies for the purpose of supporting criminal investigations.

As RIPA is among the most stringent and robust of all compliance acts in Europe or North America, Tru Data Integrity was created to apply this model to other compliance areas. Tru Data Integrity delivers irrefutable data integrity for intellectual property protection, litigation and compliance purposes by sealing, transferring, managing and storing electronic information including documentation, imagery, video or audio files. For more information, visit http://www.tru-dataintegrity.com/

About IBM
For more information about IBM, visit http://www.ibm.com/.

About Sun MicroSystems
Sun Microsystems develops the technologies that power the global marketplace. Guided by a singular vision -- "The Network is the Computer" -- Sun drives network participation through shared innovation, community development and open source leadership. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com/.

About Gartner
Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company. Gartner delivers the technology-related insight necessary for its clients to make the right decisions, every day. From CIOs and senior IT leaders in corporations and government agencies, to business leaders in high-tech and telecom enterprises and professional services firms, to technology investors, Gartner is the indispensable partner to 60,000 clients in 10,000 distinct organizations. Through the resources of Gartner Research, Gartner Consulting and Gartner Events, Gartner works with every client to research, analyze and interpret the business of IT within the context of their individual role. Founded in 1979, Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A., and has 4,000 associates, including 1,200 research analysts and consultants in 80 countries. For more information, visit http://www.gartner.com/.

About the Forbes Global 2000
The Forbes Global 2000 is an annual ranking of the top 2000 public companies in the world by Forbes magazine. The ranking is based on a mix of four metrics: Sales, Profit, Assets and Market value. The list has been published since 2003. For more information on the Forbes Global 2000 list for 2009, visit: http://www.forbes.com/lists/2009/18/global-09_The-Global-2000_Rank.html

About eDiscovery Solutions Group
eDiscovery Solutions Group is an international consortium of leading independent eDiscovery consultants, eDiscovery consulting firms, regional litigation service providers and best-in-class eDiscovery technology companies that have come together to provide all of the services, consulting and technology necessary to support the entire eDiscovery lifecycle for the legal departments of corporations, the IT departments of corporations that need to support eDiscovery requirements and litigation centric law firms.

With a growing consortium of partners worldwide, eDiscovery Solutions Group offers a broad array of eDiscovery consulting, services and technology along with project management to support the entire eDiscovery lifecycle. Following the eDiscovery processing paradigm of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM), eDiscovery Solutions Group has developed an eDiscovery best practices framework that includes consulting, collection, analysis, processing, production, review and presentation.
Within this framework, the eDiscovery Solutions Group can deliver data retention policy, development, data archiving, eSecurity, eCompliance, eDiscovery readiness, strategic planning, implementation support, paper and ESI collection, investigations, expert testimony, data recovery, computer forensics, early case assessment, data analysis, data redundancy management, conceptual search, de-dupe, near de-dupe, scanning, copying, coding, language translation, EDD, TIFF conversion, hosting, on-site, on-shore and off-shore review, legal process outsourcing (LPO), courtroom graphics and presentations, tool training, systems integration and custom solutions. For more information about eDiscovery Solutions Group, please visit: http://www.ediscoverysolutionsgroup.com/.

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