Applied Discovery Introduces New E-Discovery Consulting Service to Help Corporations Assess, Mitigate, and Manage Social Media Risks

Partnership with Digital Forensics Leader Sensei Enterprises Enables Delivery of E-Discovery's First Complete Social Media-Assessment, Risks, and Techniques (SM-ART) Service

Jun 03, 2010, 08:00 ET from Applied Discovery

BELLEVUE, Wash., June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Applied Discovery, a worldwide electronic discovery leader offering multinational collection, analytics, processing, review, and production services for law firms, corporations, and government agencies engaged in audits, investigations, and litigation, today announced the introduction of a new electronic discovery consulting service designed to assist clients in the assessment of organizational social media risk and to provide recommended techniques to help proactively manage, monitor and mitigate identified risk. This new Social Media–Assessment, Risks, and Techniques (SM-ART) service is delivered in partnership with digital forensics leader Sensei Enterprises and provides clients with the understanding and expertise necessary to properly consider the unconventional unstructured data generated from leading social media platforms in support of electronic discovery planning.


The Widening Window of Social Media Risk

"The proliferation of social networks coupled with the challenges of monitoring and managing employee social network usage in the workplace has created a widening window of risk for corporations as they seek to consider the impact of social media based electronically stored information (ESI)," shared Sharon D. Nelson, Esq., social media legal expert and president of Sensei Enterprises. "When one considers that Facebook now surpasses Google in terms of website visits, smart corporations are looking for smart services to help them mitigate potential social media risk," highlighted John W. Simek, computer forensics expert and vice president of Sensei Enterprises.

"The new SM-ART service developed jointly between Sensei and Applied Discovery meets a demonstrated and growing need by providing corporations the expertise they need to make proper and proactive social media centric e-discovery decisions," added Virginia P. Henschel, vice president of electronic discovery affairs at Applied Discovery. "This service, coupled with the complete portfolio of traditional electronic discovery services available from Applied Discovery, allows clients to efficiently maximize their e-discovery capabilities from data identification to discovery production without having to increase the number of consultants or providers they engage."

A SM-ART Approach to Social Media

As part of a complete suite of electronic discovery services, the Social Media – Assessment, Risks, and Techniques (SM-ART) offering is comprised of three key modules that include:

Assessment Module

  • Organizational social media landscape overview
  • Organizational social media actual usage map
  • Organizational assessment report on social media

Risks Module

  • Internal policy and procedure compliance risks
  • External regulatory compliance risks
  • Social media risk exposure report

Techniques Module

  • Social media policy and best practice recommendations
  • Social media proactive management and monitoring recommendations
  • Social media reactive collection process and tool recommendations

Additionally, in situations requiring the actual preservation and collection of unconventional unstructured ESI from leading social media platforms, Applied Discovery and Sensei can provide forensic collection recommendations and resources to enable clients to defensibly preserve and capture applicable data in support of electronic discovery activities.

Speak With the SM-ART Experts

SM-ART experts Sharon D. Nelson, John W. Simek, and Virginia P. Henschel will be available for individual meetings at the ALM General Counsel Conference in New York, NY on June 8-9, 2010 to discuss the SM-ART service and how it can help your organization assess, mitigate, and manage social media risk. To learn more about the SM-ART service, request a free consultation, or to schedule a meeting with the SM-ART team at the ALM General Counsel Conference, contact us by email at, or by phone at 1-508-353-6634.

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About Applied Discovery

Applied Discovery is a worldwide electronic discovery leader offering multinational collection, analytics, processing, review, and production services for law firms, corporations, and government agencies engaged in audits, investigations, and litigation. Based in Bellevue, WA, with East Coast headquarters in New York City and regional offices in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Toronto, Applied Discovery has served clients as part of the LexisNexis® portfolio of legal services since 2003.

LexisNexis® is a leading global provider of content-enabled workflow solutions designed specifically for professionals in the legal, risk management, corporate, government, law enforcement, accounting and academic markets. LexisNexis originally pioneered online information with its Lexis® and Nexis® services. A member of Reed Elsevier (NYSE: ENL; NYSE: RUK) (, LexisNexis serves customers in more than 100 countries with 18,000 employees worldwide.


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