How to Evaluate the Security of an E-Discovery Vendor

April 25, 2017 EDT, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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EDRM recently released the EDRM Security Audit Questionnaire, designed to help corporations and law firms evaluate the security capabilities of cloud providers and third parties offering electronic discovery or managed services. In this webinar, two of the questionnaire’s designers, Gavin Manes, Ph.D., CEO of Avansic, and Amy Sellars, Assistant General Counsel at Walmart, will provide legal, IT, and corporate professionals with practical guidelines for conducting a security audit.

Presenters will introduce the questionnaire and walk through key benchmarks, weighting, scoring, and best practices for using the questionnaire to evaluate providers. The questionnaire is an Excel-based tool for scoring/assessing the security strengths and weaknesses in any organization. Webinar attendees are encouraged to download and review the Security Audit Questionnaire, available on the EDRM website, prior to the event.

Speakers will reserve time to answer audience questions about the security audit process. Jim Waldron, director of EDRM, and George Socha, cofounder of EDRM and managing director at BDO, will moderate the session.

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About the Presenters:

Dr. Gavin Manes is a nationally recognized expert in e-discovery and digital forensics. He is currently the CEO of Avansic: E-Discovery & Digital Forensics, which provides e-discovery services to law firms, litigation support departments, and corporations across the country. Manes has published over 50 papers on e-discovery, digital forensics and computer security, and has given hundreds of presentations to attorneys, executives, professors, law enforcement, and professional groups on topics ranging from e-discovery issues to cyber law. He has also briefed the White House, Department of the Interior, the National Security Council, and the Pentagon on computer security and forensics issues. His full curriculum vitae CV can be found at

Amy Sellars is an Assistant General Counsel with Walmart, focused solely on discovery issues facing the world’s largest retailer.  Before becoming a lawyer, she worked extensively as a project manager, first for a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellow, then for the Bolshoi Ballet, and finally as the Chief Technology and Operations Officer for an ed-tech startup company, where she designed and implemented databases to provide meaningful data regarding the implementation of learning standards in high-poverty schools.  Prior to her role with Walmart, Ms. Sellars was the in-house discovery subject matter expert for The Williams Companies, Inc., a Fortune 500 midstream company, and managed litigation in all areas of the company. Ms. Sellars also practiced commercial and employment litigation as outside counsel at the firm of Crowe & Dunlevy. Ms. Sellars is an adjunct professor at the University College of Law, where she teaches a skills based course titled Electronic Discovery Practicum. 

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