Key takeaways from our on-demand webinar titled ‘Top Trends in Corporate Investigations & What to Expect in 2023’.


The world of data collection and investigations is undergoing continuous transformation and the way we gather, analyze, and utilize data is shifting. This is largely influenced by technological advancements, emerging trends, and the changing ways we communicate.

As we look ahead to what the future holds, several key trends and considerations come into focus, shaping the landscape of data collection and investigations.

Precision in Data Collection: A Shift Towards Targeted Approach 

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Gone are the days of casting a wide net and sifting through mountains of data. The focus is now on precision in data collection. Instead of collecting everything in sight, the emphasis is on targeting specific, relevant data sources and timeframes.

Advanced technologies are empowering professionals to identify and capture crucial information more efficiently than ever before.

Educating for Compliance and Responsibility: Navigating Ephemeral Messaging

As ephemeral messaging applications become increasingly integrated into our business operations, a new challenge emerges—educating employees about compliance obligations and responsible data handling.

Organizations must prioritize fostering awareness about record-keeping standards and the potential consequences of mishandling data. Cultivating a culture of responsibility ensures that these powerful tools are used thoughtfully and within legal bounds.

Validation and Expert Witness Services: Safeguarding Data Credibility

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With the growing complexity of data collection, the demand for validation and expert witness services is on the rise. Accurate and well-collected data is essential to maintaining the integrity of legal proceedings.

As such, legal and forensic experts play a critical role in verifying the authenticity and reliability of collected data, ensuring its admissibility in court.

Holistic Data Governance and Compliance: Beyond Collection

The expansion of data sources and volumes underscores the importance of robust data governance and compliance strategies. Data collection is just the tip of the iceberg.

Organizations must establish comprehensive governance frameworks, closely monitor data utilization, and adhere to policies that ensure data integrity and regulatory adherence. 

Evolving Skillsets for Digital Professionals: Adapting to Changing Roles

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The roles of digital forensics and eDiscovery professionals are evolving rapidly. As they engage with diverse data sources and contribute to governance efforts, diversifying skill sets becomes paramount.

Expertise in data management, compliance, and consultation is becoming essential for success in this ever-changing landscape.

Enduring Impact of Ephemeral Messaging: Adapting to Modern Investigations 

Ephemeral messaging applications are not just a passing trend; they are here to stay, influencing modern investigations. Legal professionals must adapt their strategies to effectively collect data from these sources, implement controls, and ensure compliance and enforcement.

Navigating Economic Challenges: Optimizing Resource Allocation

The economic landscape’s fluctuations may impact resource allocation for governance, compliance, and legal departments. Maintaining operational rigor and employing systematic approaches to data management will be crucial in managing potential resource constraints while upholding effective data practices.


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The world of data collection and investigations is evolving at an unprecedented pace. Organizations must remain agile and ready to adapt to the shifting landscape.

By adopting precise collection methods, promoting education and awareness, ensuring data validation, and staying attuned to emerging trends, professionals can confidently navigate the evolving data terrain.

The ability to capture, manage, and leverage data remains a cornerstone of success in legal proceedings, compliance, and overall operational excellence.

For deeper insights, delve into our on-demand webinar, where industry leaders from Cellebrite, Ernst & Young, and Wilson Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, reflect on top trends and challenges within the realm of corporate investigations.

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