We really feel like we couldn’t exist without a tool like this.
Selecting the right technology for the job
For close to a decade, Liberty Mutual has relied on OpenText EnCase Information Assurance for defensible data collection across their ecosystem of electronic data sources. In evaluating solutions, the team looked for technology that enabled network-based collections, scaled to handle high volumes, and stretched across different office locations with variable bandwidth. They needed a tool that could collect specific files or point to a directory to automate collections, with the option to collect full drives whenever needed. And, to better understand the scope of potential litigation, Liberty Mutual professionals required analytics and investigative capabilities as early as possible. Finally, any tool Liberty Mutual used had to be the gold standard for defensibility—ensuring a repeatable, forensically-sound collection workflow that could withstand legal challenges.
Only OpenText EnCase Information Assurance met all of Liberty Mutual’s needs. As EnCase is the most widely-used and judicially-approved data collection tool, there was no doubt about maintaining evidence integrity. The lightweight EnCase agent could be deployed on thousands of employee workstations to confidently and discreetly collect evidence from endpoints across offices and networks. Complemented by robust connectors to e-mail platforms and content repositories on-premise or in the cloud, EnCase targets and preserves potentially relevant unstructured data regardless of source.
Automation and repeatability were key drivers for Liberty Mutual, as a standardized process ensures that data is collected the same way each time, defensibly. EnCase Information Assurance provided Liberty Mutual the ability to point a predefined, standard criteria at a device name, IP address, file share, or Microsoft Exchange and reliably collect the potentially relevant data from that source. “Across the board, we’re doing the same thing for each person, each collection, each matter,” related Brian Morrison, principal eDiscovery analyst for the insurance provider’s Legal eDiscovery Group. “It also helps us with our response time. If you’re having to engage a vendor every time, it’s a lot quicker for us to just have the ability.”
Developing a trusted partnership
Morrison and the rest of the eDiscovery team interact regularly with OpenText Professional Services to ask questions, build in-house expertise, and manage upgrades. Furthermore, OpenText’s EnCE™ and EnCEP™ certifications ensure Liberty Mutual employees are recognized as skilled examiners with a mastery of computer investigation methodology.
EnCase Information Assurance has supported Liberty Mutual’s data collection even as requirements more than tripled initial volume estimates. Its profiles for directing work without human intervention speed collection, allowing Liberty Mutual employees to more efficiently focus their efforts. “The need grows to meet the capability,” related Morrison. “EnCase handled the scale… it’s the tool we’ve grown up around and it really meets our needs. We really feel like we couldn’t exist without a tool like this.”
With other OpenText solutions implemented across the enterprise, Liberty Mutual stands to benefit from integration among the leading forensic and content management technologies. Optimized connectors with existing content management platforms like Documentum help Liberty Mutual access data in a timely and streamlined fashion to meet expectations. “Continuation of the ongoing partnership that we’ve enjoyed with OpenText is a big plus in our eyes.” said Morton.