eDiscovery with NetGovern

Instead of adhering to the EDRM model for eDiscovery, the NetGovern framework moves on a slightly different path, essentially swapping a few of the stages. Once a legal hold has been issued, instead of performing a bulk collection of electronic documents at the beginning of eDiscovery, it is done after thorough searching and filtering. Then it moves through the usual Review and Anaylsis stages, which in turn may require more in-depth searching. This is an iterative process of data whittling to uncover the few documents needed for a case. This makes for a much more manageable number of documents as compared to the thousands captured with the standard EDRM process.

Once the legal team is satisfied they have identified all the appropriate data, only then do you proceed with preserving and collecting data.

The differentiator with the NetGovern eDiscovery way is that you and your team have already performed the processing, review and analysis on a much smaller data set that contains information directly relevant to your case. The result is a faster, more concise search allowing you to resolve eDiscovery cases in a fraction of the time.

At first, it may seem a bit strange to perform searches before collecting data, but that is the advantage of NetGovern Search. You can access data from many different locations with one tool and because NetGovern Search continually indexes the information, you are always working with the latest, most up-to-date information. This ensures that the results of your eDiscovery work is dependable, timely and most importantly, thorough. The built-in indexing supports the integrity of your results.

Here is how you can make the switch from the standard EDRM methodology to the NetGovern one. The following table maps each stage of eDiscovery with that of NetGovern's and the sequence you will follow.

Standard EDRM eDiscovery

NetGovern eDiscovery


IT supplies legal team with access to data locations through NetGovern Search. Case manager creates cases, defines scope, and assigns reviewers—see About Identification and Case Management .

High-level search—see About Searching.


Deep search using keywords, filters, advanced search—see Quick Searches and Advanced Search.


Small, targeted data set reviewed and analyzed—see About Reviewing and Analyzing Documents.



Export native files and PST—see About Preserving and Collecting.



= Legal team, = IT