Durham, NC – EDRM, the leading standards organization for the e-discovery market, announced today the release of a new Security Audit Questionnaire, a practical tool for evaluating the security capabilities of corporations, law firms, cloud providers, and third parties offering electronic discovery or managed services.

“E-discovery increasingly involves very large volumes of potentially sensitive data, and multiple organizations may play a role in processing, hosting, review and production of documents,” said George Socha, EDRM co-founder. “It’s critical that decision makers assess the security capabilities of e-discovery providers, and the questionnaire was designed to guide that assessment.”

A team of EDRM members representing e-discovery providers, corporate legal, and law firms convened in August 2016 to discuss security and compliance requirements and create a plan for the Security Audit Questionnaire.  Amy Sellars, assistant general counsel, litigation support for Walmart Legal, and Julie Hackler, account executive at Avansic, led the team of 14 professionals with backgrounds in e-discovery, security, IT technologies, and litigation support in creating the tool. Over several months of collaborative effort, the team identified seven key security areas for audit, developed checklists and audit questions, and built and tested the questionnaire.  The complete list of EDRM Security Audit team members is included below and on the questionnaire.