In the beginning, there was paper. And that paper was stored in boxes. And those boxes were locked in an office. And the keys to that office could be anywhere -- perhaps on a lawyer’s desk next to the sticky notes scrawled with passwords, perhaps dangling from the knob of the office’s door.
Since then -- the beginning -- not much has changed. That paper is now mostly electronic data, lots and lots of data, but getting into it is no less difficult than it was decades ago. In fact, one of the greatest safeguards against theft of litigation materials has always been that information’s sheer inscrutability. Even if some bad actor did manage to access it all, how could he ever make sense of it?
With ShareSafe from Logikcull, the basic premises underpinning the antiquated e-discovery process -- that its insecurity is surpassed only by its impenetrable complexity -- are no more.
ShareSafe is the final piece in the creation of a closed-loop Legal Intelligence platform that ensures end-to-end security through the entirety of the discovery process. It is a critical safeguard for organizations of all types as they confront the rising tides of data breach and cybercrime, perhaps the most high-stakes challenge businesses face today.
With ShareSafe, data productions prepared for other parties, including legal opponents, can be shared via a secured download link, where permissions-based access is granted temporarily before automatically expiring. It’s the “this message will self-destruct” of Legal Intelligence, quite literally. And unlike a "simple," publicly-accessible link, this link is secure and tracked. Once the receiving party accesses the shared files, the sending party is notified via email, similar to a read-receipt for email.
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Those using legacy tools often must extract production files, load them onto physical media (e.g. CD, DVD, thumb drive), and ship them to requesting parties. Sending files by insecure channels, such as unencrypted email or unencrypted file transfer services, is also commonplace. Verifying the receipt of a production is an uncertainty in and of itself. Requesting parties will probably get what you sent, but they might not. And in any event, how can you be sure the material was not improperly accessed in the interim? How much confidence does that hey-I-got-it email from opposing counsel inspire?
To be sure, there are other tools on the market that allow link-based sharing. But those links generally can be accessed by anyone because they are shared outside of the tool itself. In fact, given its free-for-all nature, the sharing of publicly accessible links is arguably less secure than traditional methods because the material is available to anyone who may come across it online (yes, even if the link is password protected). Where ShareSafe stands apart is in its requirement for users to log into Logikcull.com. Receipt of production is verified by the recipient, and an audit trail is automatically generated. That’s why we call it a “closed loop”: nothing and no one gets in or out without the proper security permissions, and all activity is recorded.
Importantly, ShareSafe also signals the death knell of physical media in discovery. This is the crux of our “Burn The DVDs” campaign at LegalTech next week. There is no longer any excuse to load and ship hard drives back and forth between counsel, client and vendor, crossing your fingers and hoping they arrive intact. Those days are over.
Now is the time for ShareSafe
Given the explosion of cybercrime and user-error generated data breach, there is no better timing. As we’ve stressed here and in other forums, of all the low-hanging legal processes that are ripe for catastrophic intrusion, e-discovery is perhaps the most susceptible. It is insecure by nature: the mechanism by which extremely sensitive materials are gathered together, often hastily, on tight deadlines, and in confined cyberspace.
Security experts are quick to point out that data is at its most vulnerable when it is in motion. Discovery is a process of motion. But in Logikcull, information is transmitted between users and parties entirely through encrypted channels. From collection and processing through to analysis and review and, finally, disclosure to other parties, access to data is available only to those for whom it is intended. This design is unique among our competitors.
ShareSafe is a high-water mark for security in the legal tech space, but it is only one in a lineage of security features built to ensure the integrity of customer data. Logikcull can be summed up in two words: defensible automation. Our highest priority is protecting customer data. That’s why we’ve built a processing engine that captures up to 90% more data than our competitors. That’s why we provide real-time activity tracking that records user actions. That’s why we automatically flag privileged materials included in document productions.
We are serious about security. And so are Salesforce, the Law Department of New York City and AmLaw 200 firms like Vinson & Elkins, Fisher Phillips and K&L Gates, who trust us with their data.
For more information about ShareSafe and to learn more about how Logikcull is making the discovery process more secure, visit Logikcull Trust or sign up for a consultation through the link below.