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Planet Data Receives SSAE 16 Type II Certification

Certification Highlights Planet Data’s Dedication to the Security of Client Information

ELMSFORD, N.Y. – JANUARY 24th, 2012 – Planet Data, a global innovator in the creation and development of defensible legal technologies, services and solutions, today announced that the company has received the SSAE16 Type II (Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements No. 16) certification, awarded by the American Institute of certified public accountants (AICPA).

To achieve the SSAE 16 Type II certification Planet Data was reviewed by audit, risk, and control oriented professionals who have experience in accounting, auditing, and information security. These credentials, and independent validation from the AICPA, demonstrate that Planet Data is committed to providing clients the utmost assurance that their data is secure. Planet Data has been SAS70 II certified since 2009.

"The SSAE 16 Type II certification is not a standard or common certification in the eDiscovery industry. The certification is proof of our commitment to go beyond industry standards to provide the best security and services for our clients," said David Cochran, Planet Data EVP and COO.

Michael Wade, Planet Data EVP and CTO states, “To achieve the SSAE 16 Type II status we have been thoroughly evaluated and audited by an independent party, the AICPA. With this certification, and independent validation, clients are completely assured of the effectiveness of Planet Data’s internal controls and data security safeguards.”

Currently, eDiscovery vendors must contend with immense quantities of client data and they need to be able to prove to clients that they are equipped to manage this information with the correct security measures. As the SSAE 16 Type II certification is independent, third party validation, that requires a thorough and rigorous auditing process it is one of the most effective ways to prove this.

The SSAE 16, which effectively replaces SAS 70, was drafted with the purpose of updating the U.S. service organization reporting standard so that it is in line with the new international service organization reporting standard.

About Planet Data – Planet Data, a global leader in Early Case Assessment and Discovery Management Services, has been providing eDiscovery services for more than ten years. Planet Data is SAS 70 Type II, SSAE 16 Type II and US Safe Harbor certified, and operates Tier 4 state-of-the-art data processing and hosting centers. Planet Data delivers flexible, high-quality, cost-effective eDiscovery services, high-level consulting, technical support and project management.