eDiscovery: Email is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

eDiscovery solutions that cover more than just email are necessary to get the complete picture of risk management and compliance.


8/16/2022 1 min read

eDiscovery: Email is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

The term "eDiscovery" has become synonymous with email. But there's a lot more to electronic discovery than just email. Email is just the tip of the iceberg. As an IT director, CIO, or HR professional, you know that email is only one part of the puzzle when it comes to corporate communications. There's also instant messaging, social media, video conferencing, and more. And each of these tools comes with its own data set that must be managed and monitored.

According to Gartner, email made up just 36% of the average enterprise's data in 2016. That means there's a lot of other data that needs to be considered in any eDiscovery process. This includes data from social media, chat apps, websites, sensors, devices, and more. And it's only going to grow. By 2020, average enterprises had doubled the amount of data it has to deal with. According to IDC, by 2025, 60% of the 163 zettabytes of existing data will be created and managed by enterprise organizations.

The challenge is that most eDiscovery solutions focus only on email. This leaves a blind spot for organizations regarding compliance and risk management. The good news is that there are now tools and technologies that can help organizations deal with this data explosion. These tools can help you collect, process, and search all kinds of data, both structured and unstructured, including instant messaging, social media, video conferencing, and more.

But dealing with all this data is not going to be easy. It's going to require a new approach to eDiscovery. One that goes beyond email. By using an eDiscovery solution that covers all forms of corporate communications, you can be sure that you're getting the full picture regarding risk management and compliance. And that's invaluable for any organization.