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eDiscovery Platform 9.0 General Availability

Hello Everybody,

I am excited and proud to announce the General Availability of eDiscovery Platform 9.0 as of December 22, 2017.

This is a major release that incorporates many significant feature, product and security enhancements, improvements and fixes. With GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) as the primary theme around this release, new features for data classification, improved performance, resiliency, scalability and workflow have been added to enhance the eDiscovery experience.

Some of the highlights of the release include the following:

Information Classification

Starting with version 9.0, the eDiscovery Platform lets you automatically classify sensitive and critical case data based on a set of built-in and custom policies.

Note: The Information Classification feature can only be enabled for cases created in version 9.0 and later. Cases created before version 9.0 are not supported.

The platform integrates with Veritas Information Classifier (VIC) to analyze and classify eDiscovery data. VIC uses both predefined and user-defined policies to assign classification tags to your eDiscovery data during the processing phase. Once these tags have been applied,users can view pre-selected classification filters (system tags) in the Analysis and Review mode to quickly identify documents that match the VIC tags. 

Bulk Redaction and Delete Bulk Redaction

 Bulk redaction provides the ability to redact multiple documents in a Redaction Set without having to individually open and review each and every document in the Native Viewer. You can easily specify the redaction text along with the reason code that needs to be applied on theredacted text to all selected documents. Bulk redaction works on redaction sets with preset reason codes and with free-text reason codes. 

The delete bulk redaction option makes it easy to delete all redactions and annotations for a set of documents in a redaction set.

Redaction sets with preset reason codes

Currently, case reviewers can add free text as a reason for redaction while redacting a document. New functionality is available so the Case Administrator can define preset reason codes. Reviewers will then be able to redact documents by applying reason codes consistently.

  • The Case Administrator can create redaction sets with either predefined reason codes or free text reason codes.
  • Case reviewers can apply the preset reason codes to redaction markups.
  • Case reviewers can search, filter, or export documents based on the preset reason codes.

Annotations in review mode

In addition to the existing capability to redact a document, this release adds the ability to annotate a document in review mode.  

  • Case reviewers can annotate a document by adding comments or graphical stamps, or strike out some text.
  • Case reviewers are also allowed to delete annotations.
  • Case reviewers can also search the document for the Redacted Tag.
  • Once annotated, the document can be reviewed by another reviewer, who can also add annotations.

Case Backup Integrity

During an eDiscovery Platform backup, empty directories may be created in the backup structure. If a case backup directory is then moved and empty directories are not copied, a restore job will subsequently fail. With this release, restore job for a case backup with empty

directories does not fail. With the Case Backup Integrity feature, a checksum of the case backup directory is created during both the backup and the restore job. The checksum file created during the restore job is compared with the checksum file created during the backup job. If any empty directory is identified, then these empty directories are created at their specific paths during restore. This results in the success of the restore jobs.

Automatically convert OST to PST Data Files for processing

The eDiscovery Platform can now seamlessly convert OST files to PST files for processing. OST data files are converted to PST data files during the discovery phase. Upon successful completion of this operation, normal PST processing is applied to the files for easy access,review, and analysis. See technical article for details: https://www.veritas.com/support/en_US/article.000128050

 Integrated Windows Authentication Single Sign-On for Legal Hold

Veritas eDiscovery Platform supports Integrated Windows Authentication (IWA) Single Sign-On (SSO) for Legal Hold authentication. When IWA SSO is configured, the logged-in Windows credentials of the custodian are used for authentication, and the custodian is subsequently directed to the Legal Hold Confirmation page without the need to enter login credentials. To use the SSO option, LDAP must be configured and enabled against the Active Directory domain from which Windows users will be authenticating. See technical article for details: https://www.veritas.com/support/en_US/article.000128049

Office® 365 connection using MAPI/HTTP

Microsoft deprecated support for RPC over HTTP on October 31st 2017. With this release, the Veritas eDiscovery Platform will now use MAPI/HTTP to connect to Office 365 in support of this change.

The eDiscovery Platform 9.0 installer automatically installs the KB3114941 updates for Outlook 2013 32-Bit Edition that enables the MAPI/HTTP protocol required to collect data from Office® 365 mailboxes. See the 9.0 Identification and Collection Guide for details and troubleshooting steps.

Refer eDiscovery Platform 9.0  Release documentation as follows:

 As with any upgrade, please first refer to the upgrade support documents: 

Best Regards,
James Harris
Business Critical Engineer Veritas eDiscovery Platform
Business Critical Services
Veritas Technologies LLC