Five Simple Steps to Remote Forensic Data Collection: eDiscovery Trends

Who says you can’t conduct a forensic collection of electronically stored information (ESI)?  This recent article from Forensic Discovery discusses five simple steps to remote forensic data collection and it also discusses whether the data collected by the remote collection process is admissible.

The aptly named article Five Simple Steps to Remote Data Collection discusses (among other things) five simple steps to remote forensic data collection (duh!).  😉  Notably, the forensic collection specialist coordinates with the custodian (or somebody else at the physical location) to obtain access to the device(s) for collection and then that forensic collection specialist proceeds to conduct that collection remotely in a very similar manner to how they do it on-site.  It’s also important to note that the custodian’s password is never requested by the forensic collection consultant nor is it recorded during the online meeting that is used to facilitate the collection. Instead, the custodian enters their password at the appropriate time before turning collection over to the specialist.  It’s that easy and (as noted in their article last week) cost-effective as well.

So, what are the five simple steps to remote forensic data collection?  And is the remote forensic collection process forensically sound and defensible?  They have a one-word answer to that.  🙂  Check out their article here to find out the five simple steps to remote forensic data collection – and more.


So, what do you think?  Has your organization seen a rise in remote collections for discovery?  Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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