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eDiscovery Leaders Live: Nate Latessa of Innovative Driven

George Socha
September 13, 2022

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Nate Latessa, Senior Vice President of Advisory Services at Innovative Driven, joins George Socha, Senior Vice President of Brand Awareness at Reveal, as part of a special ACEDS #eDiscoveryLeadersLive series broadcast from ILTACON 2022.

Nate Latessa serves as the Senior Vice President of Advisory Services for Innovative Driven. In this role he oversees ID’s forensics department as well as information governance, privacy, cyber data breach, and the PRESA team, which is ID’s consulting group consisting of former practicing attorneys and privacy and cybersecurity professionals renowned for their expertise. Nate has over 20 years of experience in eDiscovery and information governance services and software.

Nate shared a wealth of information about the merger of Driven and Innovative Discovery to form Innovative Driven – where the two organizations came from, why they decided to merge, the market’s response, and where the combined organization is headed. He discussed what corporations want from ID, and what law firms are looking for ID to deliver. Nate talked about ID’s data breach, privacy, and discovery practices, and how combined they have turned ID into a digital transformation company. Finally, Nate talked about the challenges posed by M365 and the cloud generally, and some ways to address those challenges.

Key Highlights

  • [2:23] The merger of Driven and Innovative Discovery to for Innovative Driven.
  • [4:51] What each side brought to the table.
  • [5:19] Where the merger is at now, one year in.
  • [5:42] Compatible cultures and the best of both worlds.
  • [6:11] The market’s response – especially from the corporate side.
  • [6:30] What corporations want from Innovative Driven.
  • [7:27] Corporate – and law firm – demand for help with privacy.
  • [7:38] What else law firms are looking for.
  • [7:49] Data breach assistance ID provides – data mining and matching.
  • [8:15] ID’s privacy practice – it’s origins, evolution, and current state.
  • [9:52] How ID adapts to the constant changes in privacy.
  • [10:47] Privacy as a catalyst for cyber and everything else.
  • [11:30] A proactive approach to cyber security.
  • [12:42] Factors impacting cyber security, like the war in Ukraine.
  • [13:49] Partnering with others.
  • [14:06] Law firms bringing ID in to help with breach work.
  • [14:35] What law firms are looking for in a partner.
  • [15:22] How ID helps organizations with M365 for eDiscovery and more.
  • [16:42] ID as a digital transformation company.
  • [17:30] How ID helps companies with an “intelligent migration process”.
  • [19:38] Two new offerings from ID: Identify and Analyzed.
  • [21:17] The fallout they seem from companies moving too rapidly to M365.
  • [22:20] Thoughts on “modern attachment” challenges and how to address them.
  • [24:38] Helping clients address challenges from the overall rapid move to the cloud.

Key Quotes

  • “We just recently sat down with about 40 GCs and the one thing we heard a lot of is, we need help with document retention policies…. They’re looking for help on litigation hold policies. They’re looking for help on M365….”
  • “Privacy is obviously a hot topic…. Interestingly enough, we’re actually getting approached by law firms that have a privacy practice but they’re looking to bring us in to help operationalize that with clients to make it real.”
  • “[For law firms] data breach is big. They’re looking for help with clients on the data breach side….”
  • “Privacy was a great catalyst for everything else. We feel like a lot of companies for too long have been able to say ‘I don’t know what’s in my data’ and kind of bury their head in the sand…. From a cyber security standpoint, we can’t do that anymore. We have to know what we have. We have to know where it’s at. We have to know where our critical sensitive data is.”

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