Leading Analyst Firm Positions Guidance Software In Leaders Quadrant For E-Discovery

Guidance Software Inc. (NASDAQ:GUID), the World Leader in Digital Investigations™, today announced that Gartner Inc. has positioned the company in the "Leaders" quadrant of its 2012 Magic Quadrant for E-Discovery Software report. Full-spectrum Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) coverage was required to be considered for leadership distinction in this year’s magic quadrant.

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According to the report, “As practitioners become more sophisticated, they are demanding that the data change hands as few times as possible. They see this as a way to reduce both costs and risks. This is a continuation of a trend we saw developing last year, but it has risen dramatically in importance, as evidenced both by inquiries from Gartner clients and as reported by vendors themselves, as the priorities of their customers and prospects.” 1

The report also states, “There has been a definite increase in customer demand for end-to-end e-discovery functionality in 2011 and 2012.” 2

“We believe Guidance Software’s position as a leader in this year’s Gartner Magic Quadrant for E-Discovery Software is due to our investment in and delivery of innovative, complete and integrated e-discovery solutions that have transformed the market,” said Victor Limongelli, president and chief executive officer of Guidance Software. “Guidance offers best-of-breed solutions that provide the right architecture for the right e-discovery function, whether delivered via on-premise software or Software-as-a-Service in the cloud. We believe this recognition from Gartner confirms our strategic vision of providing customers with a simplified, transparent and repeatable approach to e-discovery.”

Guidance Software delivers a complete e-discovery platform addressing the e-discovery needs of corporations and government agencies. The product portfolio delivers to customers increased efficiency and automation, as well as lower risk for e-discovery activities. The integrated solution spans from legal hold to identification, collection, preservation, processing, first pass review, and, with CaseCentral’s market leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering, best-in-class early case assessment (ECA), review and production capabilities.

The combined offering deploys software intelligently, with EnCase eDiscovery® delivering the legal hold, identification, collection, preservation, and processing functions on-premise, at the customer site – close to the sources of data and the data custodians – and CaseCentral delivering the ECA, review and production functions as SaaS in the Cloud, so that geographically dispersed inside and outside counsel can efficiently review collected documents without needing any special equipment or software other than a web browser and internet connectivity.

The integration of EnCase eDiscovery with CaseCentral provides additional value to customers, scaling from support for single-case requirements to multi-case, multi-party requirements. Further, the unique EnCase eDiscovery Collected Data Reuse capabilities, coupled with the unique CaseCentral centralized, multi-matter legal repository provide immediate benefit to customers by automating searches, reducing over-collection of ESI, lowering spoliation risk, re-using attorney work product where appropriate, and avoiding inadvertent production of confidential or privileged client data.

1 Gartner, Inc., “Magic Quadrant for E-Discovery Software,” by Debra Logan and Sheila Childs, May 24, 2012, page 25

2 Gartner, Inc., “Magic Quadrant for E-Discovery Software,” by Debra Logan and Sheila Childs, May 24, 2012, page 19

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About Guidance Software, Inc.

Guidance Software is recognized worldwide as the industry leader in digital investigative solutions. Its EnCase® platform, with more than 40,000 licenses distributed worldwide, provides the foundation for government, corporate and law enforcement organizations to conduct thorough, network-enabled, and court-validated computer investigations of any kind, such as responding to e-discovery requests, conducting internal investigations, responding to regulatory inquiries or performing data and compliance auditing - all while maintaining the integrity of the data. The EnCase Enterprise platform is used by numerous Federal Civilian and Defense agencies, more than 65 of the Fortune 100, and thousands attend Guidance Software's renowned training programs annually. For more information about Guidance Software, visit www.guidancesoftware.com.

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